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White House Introduces One-Stop Jobs Tool for Veterans

  • April 27, 2014
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The White House last week launched a one-stop career portal to connect veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses with employers. The new online resource is the first interagency tool to link public and private job opportunities, detailed career and training resources, and the ability to build a resume and translate applicants’ military skills into civilian equivalents …

Army to Finish BRAC Property Transfers by 2021, Hammack Says

  • April 27, 2014
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The Army plans to complete the transfer of excess property at closed installations by 2021, according to a recent blog post by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment.
The Army has about 73,000 acres remaining from prior BRAC rounds. That represents 25 percent of the service’s total acreage disposal requirement of 297,000 acres. “Placing this property into productive reuse helps communities rebuild the local tax base, generate revenue, and, most importantly, replace lost jobs …

Services Adopt Uniform Standards for Installation Signage

  • April 27, 2014
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The military services recently adopted a uniform set of standards for installation signage, the culmination of a three-year effort by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), the Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Facilities Engineering Command. The new design criteria are expected to have multiple benefits, including making the transition between installations easier for service members when they move or travel …

Ventura County Leaders Face Possibility of New BRAC Round

  • April 27, 2014
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Elected officials, business representatives and military leaders from Ventura County, Calif., discussed the economic importance of Naval Base Ventura County, potential reuse opportunities if the installation were closed and the need to advocate for the base during a public forum held Friday. The base — formed by the merger of Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island in Southern California — is critical to the local economy as it employs 17,000 people, reported the Pacific Coast Business Times. And while Navy property at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme could find productive uses for civilian purposes, county residents likely would oppose developing the sites …

Early Start on Appropriations May Not Preclude Need for CR

  • April 27, 2014
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Despite a renewed emphasis from appropriators in both chambers on passing fiscal 2015 spending bills before the new fiscal year begins, there’s a distinct possibility that one or more measures will not be passed and force Congress to rely on a continuing resolution (CR). One likely candidate for being held back is defense appropriations, primarily so congressional leaders can force movement on other spending bills, reports CQ. Also, the Pentagon may not submit its FY 2015 request for overseas contingency operations until September …

Local Officials Request State Funds to Defend Ft. Indiantown Gap

  • April 24, 2014
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With a potential BRAC round on the horizon, the commissioners for Lebanon County, Pa., are applying for state funds to organize efforts to advocate for Fort Indiantown Gap, a National Guard training center located in southeastern Pennsylvania. The county is hoping to secure a $25,000 grant from the state Military Community Protection Commission to prepare arguments for preserving the installation in the event it is targeted for closure, reported the Lebanon Daily News. “I think one of things they are looking for us to do is form a local defense group and sort of set a direction on how we are going to approach this,” Kris Troup, county planning director, told the paper. The group likely would include county commissioners, business and community leaders, and former high-ranking members of the military, Troup said.

Mikulski Supports Army Force Structure Commission

  • April 24, 2014
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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, this week said she supports a plan to establish an independent commission to study the appropriate balance between the Army’s active and reserve components. Support for the proposal already is growing as a bill introduced in the House to create a blue-ribbon panel has 167 bipartisan cosponsors, reported CQ. Mikulski made the announcement on Wednesday after visiting Maryland’s adjutant general and leaders of the state’s National Guard …

Many Officers Will Be Forced Out, Army Concedes

  • April 24, 2014
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The Army on Wednesday acknowledged that a majority of the 3,000 officers whose positions need to be eliminated by the end of fiscal 2015 will be forced out, clarifying an earlier assertion denying the officers would be subject to involuntary separation. Officials will need to let go at least 2,000 officers as part of an effort to shrink the service’s end strength from 522,000 soldiers to 490,000 by October 2015, reported Government Executive in a correction to a recent story …

Army Estimates Installations’ Excess Capacity at 18 Percent

  • April 24, 2014
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Preliminary results of a facility capacity analysis by Army officials indicate the service’s excess capacity ranges between 12 and 28 percent in the United States, depending on facility category, with an overall average of 18 percent. Excess capacity totals over 167 million square feet of facilities across all installations, potentially costing the Army over $500 million a year in unnecessary operations and maintenance, based on a cost of $3 per square foot to maintain underutilized facilities …

Elimination of Commissary Subsidy Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences

  • April 24, 2014
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The Obama administration’s plan to slash the annual subsidy for military grocery stores could jeopardize the viability of military exchanges as well as quality-of-life programs, according to a former director of the Defense Commissary Agency. “The role of the dice is not just on whether the commissaries will survive, it’s whether the entire system can survive,” Richard Beale Jr., who led the Defense Commissary Agency from 1992 to 1999 …

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