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Davis-Monthan AFB Welcomes Residents to Attend College Classes

  • March 31, 2014
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Tucson-area residents can take classes at Pima Community College’s facility located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The college’s education center at Davis-Monthan is associated with the Community College of the Air Force and is designed to meet the needs of enlisted military personnel. The center offers all general education courses required for an associate degree, from writing to computer classes, reports the Aztec Press. The school relies on civilian students to cover its costs, though. To gain access to the base, students must be U.S. citizens with either a passport or a birth certificate.

Officials Seek Special Tax District for Connecticut Engine Plant Site

  • March 31, 2014
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The Connecticut Legislature is taking up a measure that would create a special taxing district for the former Stratford Army Engine Plant, a key step to obtaining financing for public infrastructure needed to support the property’s redevelopment. Last month, the Legislature’s Planning and Development Committee approved the bill, HB 5368, after local and state officials voiced their support during a hearing, reported the Stratford Star. The legislation would benefit the mixed-used project envisioned for the site, located at the mouth of the Housatonic River …

Belt-Tightening Initiative Enlists Airmen to Clean Buildings at Scott AFB

  • March 31, 2014
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Airmen at Scott Air Force Base will be assigned new custodial and grounds-keeping duties starting Tuesday as part of a cost-cutting move intended to save $1 million. Personnel will be assigned more responsibility for sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and grass-cutting at the majority of buildings on the installation located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Air Mobility Command, however, will retain its custodial contracts at buildings categorized as “prestige” level …

DOD Reiterates Commitment to Asia

  • March 31, 2014
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Despite a rising chorus of doubts as to whether the Pentagon can carry out its pivot to Asia due to budget cuts and a possible Russian threat to Europe, the Obama administration remains firmly committed to the shift. “The rebalance is at the front and center of our national security strategy,” a senior defense official told reporters at a background briefing previewing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s trip this week to Hawaii, Japan, China and Mongolia …

Plan to Consolidate Exchanges, Commissaries Would Mitigate Budget Cuts

  • March 31, 2014
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A proposal from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to consolidate military commissaries and base exchanges could provide an alternate means to generate some of the savings required under the Pentagon’s plan to trim the annual subsidy for military grocery stores over the next three years. The AAFES proposal, submitted March 17 to senior DOD officials, concluded that a consolidation could save $250 million to $450 million a year in commissary overhead …

Ohio Base Considers Converting Trash to Alternative Fuel

  • March 30, 2014
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the University of Dayton Research Institute are discussing a partnership that would allow the Dayton, Ohio, installation to turns its trash into alternative fuel that could power its heating plant and vehicle fleet. “We’d recycle all of our trash, to convert to alternative fuel,” Col. Cassie Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, told the Dayton Business Journal. Base vehicles now run on E85, an ethanol fuel blend. Wright-Patterson could save money by reducing its requirement for disposing of its garbage. The installation may also be able to take advantage of the institute’s research into creating biofuel from algae, but that effort is only in the early stages so far.

State Seeks Consultant for Analysis of Virginia Military Missions and Installations

  • March 30, 2014
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As a follow on to a 2013 analysis of military installations in Virginia, the commonwealth is seeking a consultant to conduct a SWOT analysis on nine additional military installations. The important aspects of the analysis will include: (1) development of an analytical tool to obtain essential, critical information about each Virginia military installation with input from the local installation and community leadership. The tool must include input from national defense resources, military service commands, senior political figures, defense industry experts, and local base and community leadership …

Air Force Hits Goal for Awarding Performance-Based Cleanup Contracts at BRAC Sites

  • March 30, 2014
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The Air Force Civil Engineer Center has met its initial target for awarding performance-based contracts to clean up BRAC sites, after awarding a $42.6 million contract to accelerate remediation at the former Galena Forward Operating Location in Alaska. AFCEC’s goal was to have 95 percent of all BRAC sites under a performance-based remediation (PBR) contract by the end of 2014. Galena, located in west central Alaska, is the service’s 24th and final BRAC installation covered under a PBR contract. In total, the agency has awarded nearly $360 million in PBR contracts, encompassing 626 sites across 29 former bases …

Army to Transfer Large Parcel to Ft. Gillem LRA Shortly

  • March 30, 2014
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The Forest Park/Fort Gillem LRA is preparing to take possession of 778 acres at the former post located outside of Atlanta as early as May 2. The authority is planning to hold a ceremony for the closing on that date and has invited Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, reported the Clayton Daily News. The Army could convey more property to the LRA before the end of the year. The Army is planning to transfer a parcel that still is contaminated under an early transfer …

Only Two Services Used Privatization Authority for Unaccompanied Housing

  • March 30, 2014
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The four military services have come to varying conclusions regarding the feasibility of relying on privatized housing for unaccompanied personnel, with only the Army and Navy taking advantage of the authority, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Analyses conducted by the services about the potential of privatizing housing for personnel with no dependents considered a number of factors, including the availability of the basic allowance for housing (BAH) — which provides a stream of revenue in the form of rent payments for the projects — for junior unaccompanied personnel …

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