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Solar Projects at Three Georgia Posts Push Army Closer to 1 Gigawatt Goal

  • May 18, 2014
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The Army announced its largest solar project to date last week when it unveiled plans to develop 30-megawatt, alternating current, solar photovoltaic arrays at three installations in Georgia — Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning. The three projects, referred to as “Georgia 3×30,” are a collaborative effort among the Army’s Energy Initiatives Task Force, the three installations, the General Services Administration (GSA) and Georgia Power. The venture is projected to bring the service 9 percent closer to its commitment to deploy one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025 …

Senate Committee’s Turn to Mark up Authorization Bill This Week

  • May 18, 2014
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The Senate Armed Services Committee gets its turn to address the Pentagon’s plans for trimming force structure, eliminating weapons systems, cutting military pay and compensation, and holding a new BRAC round when it marks up its version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill this week. On Tuesday, the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee will mark up its portion of the annual defense policy measure, with the full committee taking up the legislation starting Wednesday. Many decisions committee members make this week will echo those the House made earlier this month …

Ft. Huachuca Solar Project to Be Followed by Larger Ventures, Army Official Says

  • May 15, 2014
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In an interview with Fox Business, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, talks about last month’s groundbreaking at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., on DOD’s largest solar array to date, along with the service’s plans to develop renewable energy sources across the country. The 18-megawatt solar installation being developed in southeastern Arizona will provide 25 percent of the installation’s power needs. The project is not designed to save the Army money on its future energy bills as it will continue to purchase power from the local utility at prevailing rates …

‘Home Base Iowa’ Legislation Intended to Attract Veterans

  • May 15, 2014
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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Memorial Day is expected to sign legislation designed to bring more veterans to Iowa, particularly newly discharged service members and their families. The bill’s provisions include a requirement for colleges and universities to report their policies on awarding academic credit for military experience; a requirement for occupational licensing boards to offer credit to veterans with appropriate military training and experience …

Planning, Innovation Pave Way for Riverbank to Turn Ammo Plant into ‘Green’ Business Park

  • May 15, 2014
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Suffering from one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates at the time the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant closed in 2010, the city of Riverbank, Calif., could not afford any further economic setbacks as it began to carry out the redevelopment plan which called for retaining the site’s light industrial focus with a “green” twist. Four short years later, the mixed-use business park located in the heart of California’s Central Valley has quadrupled its number of tenants, and now is home to 36 companies employing 300 people with an additional 75 workers anticipated to be hired later this year. The Riverbank Industrial Complex generates a $31 million local economic impact, almost four times its annual economic contribution prior to closure …

Colorado Adds Military Promotion to Economic Development Mission

  • May 15, 2014
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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed two bills Wednesday intended to better position the state’s military installations in a future base closure round. House Bill 1351 adds the mission of supporting and promoting the military, primarily through lobbying the federal government, to the role of the Colorado Office of Economic Development. About $120,000 was included in the state budget for a new staff position which could be used to carry out the new function …

Air Force to Impose Headquarters Cuts Quickly

  • May 15, 2014
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The Air Force intends to trim its headquarters staff at a much quicker pace than the five-year timeline Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called for, with offices responsible for installation support services one of the targets for consolidation, according to Air Force officials. Hagel directed the services to reduce their headquarters staff by 20 percent within five years, but the Air Force is aiming to complete much of its cuts by the end of fiscal 2015 …

Report Calls for Creation of Veterans Alliance in Cincinnati Region

  • May 15, 2014
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The local Easter Seals affiliate serving the Cincinnati metro area plans to help establish a regional veterans alliance to improve community support for veterans and military families, following the release of a new report recommending the move. An alliance would improve coordination of services for veterans in southwestern Ohio, according to the report from the Easter Seals Tristate’s Operation Vets Thrive. The group will consider joining up with a host organization or creating an independent non-profit …

Committee Asks whether DOD Is Using Property Efficiently

  • May 15, 2014
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Due to concern as to whether the Defense Department is managing its real estate holdings efficiently, the House Armed Services Committee asks the Air Force to provide a report on its need to retain a housing area formerly used by Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., according to report language accompanying the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill. “In an era of declining resources, the committee is concerned by decisions made by the Department of Defense to retain underutilized real property …

Ft. Polk Prospers under Landrieu’s Leadership

  • May 14, 2014
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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has been a fierce advocate for Fort Polk, helping it obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in military construction projects, fighting for it to assume a larger role for the Army, and ensuring its facilities support the needs of military families. Since 2005, Landrieu has helped invest $1 billion in Polk, located in west central Louisiana. Over the last two years, the three-term senator has secured nearly $100 million for construction projects at the post …

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