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Work Begins to Woo Seniors to Former Fort McClellan

  • October 29, 2013
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Construction of an assisted living facility on the grounds of the former Fort McClellan began on Thursday. According to the Anniston Star, a vacant building at McClellan will be renovated to house the facility. The facility will feature 60 beds and will have many amenities to draw seniors to the area, including a golf course, and an aquatic and fitness center…

Ft. Hood Advocates Call for New BRAC Round

  • October 29, 2013
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A new BRAC round could benefit Fort Hood, the nation’s largest military installation, according to Killeen community leaders. “I know that may seem counter-intuitive because people can only think of installations being closed by BRAC,” retired Col Bill Parry executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance…

Senate Plans NDAA Action Before Thanksgiving

  • October 29, 2013
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Senate leaders plan to take up the annual National Defense Authorization Act by the end of November. “We’re going to take up the defense authorization bill, which supports our troops and ensures this nation does everything in our power to keep America safe from those who would do us harm,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor…

Congressional Leaders Giving Budget Committee Space to Work, Preparing Contingencies

  • October 29, 2013
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When a joint House-Senate committee meets Wednesday to discuss differences between the two chambers’ budget priorities, the panel will have leeway to consider ways to address sequestration and potential new sources of revenue, CQ reports. The revenue side of the equation…

Partnership between Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Anchorage Saves Millions

  • October 28, 2013
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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s (JBER) partnership with the city of Anchorage’s Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project expects to save the base $73 million and generate $52 million of revenue for the community. “In general, this has been a very successful project,” says Robert Zacharski, site manager at JBER told BioMass Magazine…

Study: Military Family Support Programs Flawed

  • October 28, 2013
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Many of DOD’s support programs for military families have never been evaluated for efficiency or effectiveness, according to a new article from The Future of Children, a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution…

Drawdown Will Hit DOD Budget Hard, Analyst Says

  • October 28, 2013
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Historic downsizing trends indicate that the planned military drawdown will bring deeper cuts to the Department of Defense budget than sequestration, according to one analyst. “I think that the sequester-level budget caps might actually be a ceiling, not a floor, for the defense budget in the coming years,” Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment said last week…

Hampton Roads Bracing for Major Sequester Impact

  • October 28, 2013
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Without a congressional agreement to stop deep sequestration cuts in 2014, the Hampton Roads community must prepare for major cuts to military support contracts, local leaders have said. Next year “is going to be a very uncertain, high-anxiety year that we’re just going to slog through the best we can,” Craig Quigley…

Ahead of Weds. Budget Meeting, Both Sides Say Grand Deal Unlikely

  • October 28, 2013
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President Obama said Monday he will “keep fighting” to reverse across-the-board cuts to federal agencies. The President’s remarks during an event at FBI headquarters come two days before Congressional Democrats and Republicans meet Wednesday for formal budget talks, where sequestration likely will be a point of discussion…

Air Force’s Top Energy Official Wins Sammie Award

  • October 27, 2013
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Kevin Geiss, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, was awarded a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal earlier this month by the Partnership for Public Service. Geiss received the Management Excellence Medal, which recognizes a federal employee for demonstrating superior leadership and management excellence through a significant contribution to the nation that exemplifies efficient, effective and results-oriented government …

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