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Ft. Jackson Restricts Access to Area Residents

  • November 6, 2014
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Residents of Columbia, S.C., who have grown accustomed to taking advantage of the lightly traveled roads on Fort Jackson for cycling or visiting the post’s water park, museums or golf course now will need to be escorted or pass a background check to gain entry to the installation. The change follows new Army regulations designed to prevent attacks similar to the one in Ottawa, Canada, last month in which a lone gunman killed a soldier guarding that country’s National War Memorial, said garrison commander Col. Mike Graese. Previously, visitors needed only to show their driver’s licenses to get onto the post …

Changes at the Top of Senate Milcon Spending Panel

  • November 6, 2014
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With Republicans in control of the Senate when the 114th Congress opens in January, the chamber’s Appropriations Committee will get new leadership. At the top, Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) likely will replace Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) as chairman of the full committee. Cochrane will use his seniority on the committee to leapfrog the current ranking member, Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), reports CQ. Cochran, who chaired the full committee in the 109th Congress, also is expected to retain the gavel for the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee …

Middle Georgia Receives OEA Grant for Economic Diversification

  • November 6, 2014
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The Middle Georgia Regional Commission has received a $650,117 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to support the growth and diversification of the region’s economy, the commission announced last week. The grant, which will be matched with $116,946 of local funds, will support Middle Georgia’s 11 counties and 21 cities. The grant will be made up of two components — the creation of an innovative regional leadership program and the development of several regional asset maps …

Businesses Begin to Show Interest in Federal City Project

  • November 6, 2014
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Two businesses are considering leasing space at the Federal City project in New Orleans, and negotiations are underway with a third, officials said this week during a meeting of the Federal City Joint Development Committee. The real estate management firm trying to attract businesses to Federal City, the redevelopment of the former Naval Support Activity New Orleans, has sent lease proposals to two potential tenants, reported the Times-Picayune. “So we expect a lot of movement here in the next few weeks,” said Christian Brierre, a consultant for the Algiers Development District, which owns the property. The businesses would occupy the ground floor of the parking garage built next to the Marine Corps support facility that anchors the project. Only three of the 15 retail spaces on the garage’s ground floor are occupied. The Algiers Development District is looking for businesses that could serve the personnel at the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.

Congressional Staff Continue to Work toward Omnibus Spending Bill

  • November 5, 2014
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House and Senate Appropriations staffers continue to lay the groundwork for a fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill to wrap up appropriations though next Oct. 1. But while Republican leaders in the House and Senate favor an omnibus to clear the decks for a GOP-led Congress next January, it’s still not clear whether House Republicans will go along with that approach. With Republicans increasing their House majority and gaining control of the Senate in Tuesday’s elections, conservatives likely will push for a second continuing resolution so they can rewrite bills in the new Congress to reflect GOP priorities …

Democratic Losses Will Revamp Armed Services Panel in Senate

  • November 5, 2014
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Two Democratic members of the Senate Armed Services Committee lost their re-election bids on Tuesday, but with the Republican Party gaining a majority of the chamber, the panel’s most significant change will be at the top. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is widely expected to take the committee gavel in the 114th Congress and with current chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) retiring, Jack Reed (D-R.I.) is in line to become the ranking member. Reed may opt to take the top Democratic spot on the Banking Committee instead …

Mock Aircraft Crash Helps Ohio Reserve Facility Team up with Red Cross

  • November 5, 2014
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A disaster response training event held last month at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, highlighted the partnership between the installation and the Red Cross. The 910th Airlift Wing and American Red Cross of the Mahoning Valley teamed up to conduct a mock aircraft crash near the end of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport’s runway. The 910th Civil Engineer Fire Department responded to the aircraft fire while the American Red Cross acted as secondary responders to provide care to simulated survivors …

Army Survey Asks Whether Installations Provide Proper Services

  • November 5, 2014
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A survey of soldiers needs conducted by the Army and the RAND Corporation at 45 posts could lead to new partnerships between installations and their host communities to provide services to personnel that now are going unfulfilled. “Today’s Soldier Survey” is intended to help the department’s leaders evaluate which benefits are valued most by soldiers and family members. The assessment will help identify problems soldiers and their families have experienced over the past year, reported the Army News Service. Army leadership will use the results to determine how the department can best address the most pressing unmet needs, whether through Army-provided services or community and non-federal entity partnerships …

Army Celebrates Deal to Meet Ft. Drum’s Energy Needs through Biomass Plant

  • November 5, 2014
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New York’s two senators, the Army’s top installations official, and state and local representatives gathered last week at Fort Drum for a signing ceremony commemorating an agreement that will allow the post to obtain 100 percent of its energy requirements from an on-site biomass generation facility. ReEnergy Black River LLC, a subsidiary of ReEnergy Holdings LLC, will operate the biomass facility, which has a 60-megawatt system capacity, more than double the installation’s peak load of 28 megawatts. The plant will provide electricity to the utility grid. The project is a joint effort between the Office of Energy Initiatives, Fort Drum, DLA Energy and ReEnergy …

Hagel Can Work with McCain, Pentagon Spokesman Says

  • November 4, 2014
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With Republicans poised to wrest control of the Senate, the Pentagon press secretary on Tuesday said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has a strong relationship with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is widely expected to take the gavel of the Senate Armed Services Committee if the GOP wins a majority of the chamber. “The secretary has a good relationship with many members of Congress, and I believe that he believes that relationship with Sen. McCain is also strong and productive, and it has been,” Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters. “And it has to be, given Sen. McCain’s position on the Senate Armed Services Committee …

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