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NRDC, DOD to Host Webinar on Renewable Energy Siting

  • November 11, 2013
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New siting considerations jointly developed by DOD and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for the first time address core issues for developing renewable energy sources on and around military installations. The considerations are designed to help developers determine low conflict places for solar, wind and other renewable energy, and are released as DOD plans to get 25 percent of its installation energy from renewables by 2025 …

Burlington Officials Vote in Support of Basing F-35 Squadron at Guard Station

  • November 11, 2013
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With the Air Force expected to make a decision shortly on where to base up to 24 F-35 fighter jets, the Burlington (Vt.) City Council last month rejected two resolutions opposing the service’s selection of Burlington International Airport as its Air National Guard operating location for the fifth-generation aircraft. The first resolution would have blocked Burlington Air Guard Station from hosting a squadron of F-35s, while the second would have created “health and safety standards” for all aircraft at the airport …

Spokane Voters Reject Measure to Provide Buffer for Fairchild AFB

  • November 11, 2013
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Residents in Spokane County, Wash., last week rejected a measure to stave off encroachment around Fairchild Air Force Base by raising property taxes. The measure was designed to raise $18 million over nine years to purchase seven mobile home parks in the installation’s accident potential zone and relocate residents in the 188 affected units …

Garrisoning Is Major Cause Behind Civil-Military Divide, Think Tank Authors Say

  • November 11, 2013
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One step the military the military should consider to break down the civil-military divide is locating its installations closer to urban areas and reducing the extent to which its bases are self-contained cities, according to a commentary in the Washington Post. While rural settings allow the military vast spaces to train, geographic isolation limits interaction between service members and society at large, say authors Philip Carter and David Barno, senior fellows at the Center for a New American Security …

Sequestration Relief Would First Go to Readiness, Comptroller Says

  • November 11, 2013
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The Pentagon would readily accept any reduction in the $50 billion hit its fiscal 2014 budget is slated to take under sequester cuts going into effect in January, with the first dollars helping to offset cutbacks in training and readiness, said Comptroller Robert Hale. “We are in our own minds — and to some extent on paper — starting to create, if you will, buyback lists,” Hale told Politico. “Readiness would be high … I think that is the first thing we would try to buy back with $10 billion …

New BRAC Round Threatens Economic Impact of Military, Kentucky Official Says

  • November 10, 2013
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The impact of military spending in Kentucky rose from $3.2 billion in 2001 to $15.3 billion in 2011, but a future base closure round could eliminate many of the 72,000 military personnel and DOD civilians working in the state, David Thompson, executive director and chairman of the state Commission on Military Affairs, said last week. He expressed confidence, however, regarding the state’s two largest installations, Fort Knox and Fort Campbell …

Air Force Commission Considers Proposal to Merge Guard, Reserve

  • November 10, 2013
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The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force weighed a proposal to merge the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve during a hearing last month, but testimony from top Air Force officials strongly opposed the idea. The plan to combine the two reserve components into one command structure came to the commission from five retired generals. The plan is intended to save money by eliminating redundancies without forfeiting capability …

Kentucky Program Speeds Mental Health Treatment to Veterans

  • November 10, 2013
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The state of Kentucky, the Kentucky National Guard and the University of Louisville are collaborating on an initiative to deliver mental health treatment to veterans forced to wait months or longer to receive care from the federal government. The program’s objective is to provide treatment to veterans soon after they are referred or seek out counseling on their own. The Kentucky National Guard received an $80,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs to create the program …

Penn State Creates Research Center to Address Challenges Faced by Military Families

  • November 10, 2013
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Penn State has established a center to apply research from multiple disciplines to address the wide array of challenges faced by military families, including prolonged separations, frequent relocations and coping with the knowledge that loved ones are in harm’s way. Beyond leveraging interdisciplinary research, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness will build public awareness, evaluate programs and develop a new generation of applied researchers …

Installation Officials Focused FY’13 Budget Cuts on Facilities Sustainment, GAO Finds

  • November 10, 2013
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Facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization (FSRM) accounts took the brunt of cuts imposed last year on base operating support as a result of sequestration, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Cutbacks in those accounts included projects involving repairs and renovations of existing facilities and demolition of excess facilities. Individual installation commanders across DOD retained considerable flexibility in how to trim base support services …

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