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Anchorage’s Civilian Economy Could Use Several Thousand Veterans

  • July 23, 2015
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While the Army’s plan to cut 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will have some negative effects on Anchorage’s economy, transitioning personnel who elect to stay in the area will boost the local labor pool and have an opportunity to significantly benefit the region, according to a commentary published in the Alaska Dispatch News. Anchorage employers from a range of sectors have said they have job openings that are difficult to fill because of a lack of qualified candidates, write Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., and Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage. The city has only 8,500 unemployed workers. “The troops and their families who are facing the upcoming military drawdown are professional, skilled workers, and we have the jobs for them right here in Anchorage and Alaska. The Army’s loss is Alaska’s gain …

Solar Project at Robins AFB Falls behind Schedule

  • July 23, 2015
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Plans to develop a 10-megawatt solar array at Robins Air Force Base through an enhanced use lease have fallen behind schedule since they were initially announced last July. At the time, Chicago-based New Generation Power planned to begin construction at a 50-acre site at the Middle Georgia installation by September, with the solar plant slated to go online by January 2015. So far, though, work has not progressed beyond clearing the forested site, reported the Telegraph. Officials from the Air Force and the developer still need to sign a final lease, said Mark Kinkade, a spokesman for the Air Force Civil Engineering Center. “Despite the extended timeline, the project is moving forward …

Democrats Step up Pressure to Negotiate Higher Spending Caps

  • July 22, 2015
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President Obama on Tuesday reiterated his call for Republicans to negotiate higher spending levels for domestic agencies as well as the Pentagon if he is to sign any fiscal 2016 appropriations bills. “I’m calling on Republican leaders in Congress to come to the table with Democrats, sit down, negotiate a budget that protects our national security and our economic security,” Obama said at a VFW convention in Pittsburgh. “I’ve said I will veto any budget that locks in the sequester. It is not good for our country,” he said …

House Republicans Continue Support for Base in Azores

  • July 22, 2015
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House Republicans are reviewing a DOD decision to build an intelligence center in the United Kingdom as part of an ongoing effort to maintain the U.S. presence at Lajes Air Force Base, located on the Portuguese island of Terceira in the Azores. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requested DOD documents used in making the decision to build the intelligence center at Royal Air Force Base Croughton, located outside of London, to find out why the military chose the U.K. location over Lajes, a Portuguese Air Force installation …

DOD, VA Health Care Partnership Adds Ft. Jackson’s Hospital

  • July 22, 2015
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A regional health care partnership that started with the medical center at Fort Gordon and two Veterans Affairs hospitals in Georgia has been extended to Fort Jackson’s Moncrief Army Community Hospital and a VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C. The partnership started in 2012 with a $2.9 million grant from DOD and VA allowing Fort Gordon’s Eisenhower Army Medical Center and VA hospitals in Augusta and Dublin, Ga., to coordinate patient care and identify opportunities for sharing facilities, personnel and services, reported the Augusta Chronicle. Adding the two Co­lum­bia facilities should expand opportunities for collaboration, according to Col. John Lamoureux, chairman of the Georgia-Lina Federal Healthcare Executive Council and Eisenhower’s commander. “We have a shared interest in caring for our nation’s service members and veterans,” Lamoureux said of the five hospitals involved …

Former Kansas Ammo Plant in Running for Logistics Hub

  • July 22, 2015
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The former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant has been selected as one of seven finalists by the state Department of Transportation for a transload shipping center. The Great Plains Industrial Park, as the reuse project is called, was chosen from 111 proposals, reported the Joplin Globe. The transload center, which would be used for truck-to-rail and rail-to-truck transfers, would create jobs and lower shipping costs. In southeastern Kansas where Great Plains is located, a hub would benefit local industry and customers, said Ed McKechnie, chairman of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. “Anytime you can have an additional investment in the infrastructure in this part of the state, it’s an opportunity to reduce costs in people’s supply chain, make them more competitive …

Groundbreaking Held at Camp Lejeune for 13MW Solar Farm

  • July 22, 2015
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Officials from the Navy, Marine Corps, Duke Energy and eastern North Carolina held a groundbreaking last week for a 13-megawatt solar farm on a 100-acre site at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The project will cost $25 million to $30 million, and is expected to be online by the end of the year. “In a world that has a lot of uncertainty, you need flexibility,” Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, said during the event. “You get flexibility in energy supply by having different sources of energy. And this solar project is a good example of having another aspect in the mix of the places we get energy. The fact that it’s distributed energy, the fact that it’s on a secure base, adds to that aspect of security …

Member-Led Efforts to Solve Sequestration Yield Little in Results

  • July 21, 2015
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Lawmakers regularly tout their participation in behind-the-scenes talks to produce a bipartisan plan to lift the statutory spending caps on defense and domestic spending, but the reality is very little progress has been made, reports CQ. A group led by Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.), for example, has been meeting since earlier this year to resolve what McCain said was his number one priority when he took the panel’s gavel in January. Beyond talking, it’s not clear if the group has made any headway. “It would be a good idea,” McCain said of completing a plan. “But first you’ve got to agree on what to put out there. That’s why these endless discussions go on …

Services to Consider Additional Force Protection Measures in Wake of Tennessee Shootings

  • July 21, 2015
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter has approved “immediate force protection steps” following last week’s shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed four Marines and one Navy sailor. Carter also has directed the services to look at additional steps that can be taken to ensure the safety of service members and civilians at military installations, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. “I’ve asked the services to quickly, but in a comprehensive way, assess additional things that they might recommend,” Carter told reporters Sunday while flying to Israel. “I really want to give them the chance to look at — do an assessment and come back to me with facts and recommendations. And I’ll make further decisions down the road on the basis of those service recommendations,” Carter said …

Revised Relocation of Marines Would Lessen Impact to Guam, Review Concludes

  • July 21, 2015
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The Navy last week released its environmental review for a revised realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam agreed to in 2012, signaling the likely resumption of the Navy’s effort to ready Guam to accommodate the arrival of about 5,000 Marines. As a result of the scaled-down move, the cantonment area, housing and live fire training range needed to accommodate the relocation will be confined to the military’s existing footprint on Guam, according to the final supplemental environmental impact statement. The Navy’s original plan called for the acquisition of 1,688 acres of land from either the local government or private landowners, reported the Pacific Daily News. “This is a very important step forward in the relocation effort, and the Department of Defense has worked diligently to address the core concerns that were raised by our community,” said Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo …

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