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Senate Expected to Send CR to President Today

  • September 17, 2014
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The Senate on Thursday plans to quickly approve a fiscal 2015 continuing resolution to keep the federal government running through Dec. 11, after the House on Wednesday passed the measure by a 319-108 vote. The Senate will debate the stopgap for up to four-and-a-half hours Thursday afternoon before taking a final vote, reported CQ. The chamber won’t need to hold a separate vote on authorizing the United States to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State since the House added that language as an amendment to the CR on Wednesday …

Pentagon Names New Facilities Energy Director

  • September 16, 2014
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Lisa Jung, who has been serving as the acting director of DOD’s facilities energy and privatization directorate, was named the office’s director, the department announced Tuesday. Jung also was appointed to the Senior Executive Service. She has served as the acting director since earlier this year after Joe Sikes left the position. Jung previously served as a program analyst in the department. The facilities energy and privatization directorate, part of the office of the deputy undersecretary for installations and energy, is responsible for issuing facility energy policy and guidance, coordinating the department’s facility energy strategy, engaging with DOD components and coordinating all congressional reports related to facility energy.

Planned Cuts to Air Force Units in Europe May Be Postponed

  • September 16, 2014
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Planned cuts to Air Force units based in Europe may be delayed over concerns about Russia’s intentions toward Ukraine and Eastern Europe, defense officials said Tuesday. “I see this building now moving towards a review of those decisions,” Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command, told reporters at the Pentagon. The department had intended to retire 21 overseas F-15C fighter jets — believed to be located at RAF Lakenheath, England — in fiscal 2015, but Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said she would like to keep that unit in place for the time being …

Governor Plugs Importance of North Carolina’s Installations

  • September 16, 2014
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At a meeting of the state’s Military Affairs Commission Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) highlighted the strategic value of the state’s military installations, while pointing out the need to continue supporting the bases on the local level. McCrory said he had been told by the commander of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point that community support for the base was strong, a statement he had heard throughout the installations he has visited. “I hear that at every one of our bases and I think that is so important for all of us …

Army’s Push to Promote Large-Scale Renewable Projects Hits Stride

  • September 16, 2014
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After three years, and two weeks from becoming a permanent organization, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force’s pipeline of prospective projects is essentially full. The task force, created in September 2011 to bolster the energy security of Army installations and help the service meet federal mandates to shift its reliance toward renewable energy, has identified more viable projects than it has the resources to pursue, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the task force, said Tuesday during a session of the Fifth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum. “We have one of the largest and most defined renewable energy project pipelines in the country …

CR on Path for Approval

  • September 16, 2014
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As the House on Tuesday began to debate an amendment to a fiscal 2015 continuing resolution authorizing the administration to support Syrian rebels, there appears to be sufficient bipartisan support in both chambers to pass the amendment along with the underlying stopgap spending bill. The House is expected to finish floor debate and vote on the amendment and CR on Wednesday. The Senate plans to vote on the stopgap, which would fund the federal government through Dec. 11, by the end of the week …

Air Force Announces Criteria for Selecting Installation Support Center Headquarters

  • September 15, 2014
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The Air Force on Monday released the criteria it will use to select candidate locations for the headquarters for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the newly created organization that will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at every major command. Officials will evaluate 10 installations as potential candidates against the approved criteria and plan to identify candidates for the headquarters in the fall of 2014, according to a press release. The 10 installations include Barksdale AFB, La.; Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Joint Base Andrews, Md.; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Peterson AFB, Colo.; Scott AFB, Ill.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio …

Senate Confirms Air Force Installations Nominee

  • September 15, 2014
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The Air Force’s top installations post will be filled by a Senate-confirmed individual for the first time in 18 months after the chamber last week confirmed Miranda Ballentine to be the service’s assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics. Ballentine, a top sustainability and renewable energy official for Wal-Mart Stores, is expected to begin working at the Pentagon on Sept. 22, according to an Air Force spokesman. President Obama nominated Ballentine for the post in January. Kathleen Ferguson has been the acting assistant secretary since March 2013 when Terry Yonkers stepped down …

Installations to Increasingly Rely on Communities for Services, Top Officials Say

  • September 15, 2014
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Communities will play an increasingly important role in providing on-base support as the military services attempt to cope with declining budgets for installation support in the next decade, a panel of DOD’s top installations officials said Monday at the ADC 2014 Defense Policy Forum. The Pentagon’s new authority for installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements with state and local governments to share base support services — enacted in January 2013 as part of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill — will provide a tremendous boon to the military, Dave Sienicki, a professional staff member on the majority side of the House Armed Services Committee, told the event’s 120 participants. “We are on the precipice of a significant change in terms of installation support …

House, Senate Committees Slated to Hash out Defense Authorization Bill

  • September 15, 2014
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Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are scheduled to meet this week to begin discussions on crafting a compromise fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, a move signaling that the Senate is unlikely to take up its version of the annual defense policy bill. The discussions would replace a formal House-Senate conference, with the effort echoing the path the two committees went down last year after the FY 2014 authorization bill got hung up in the Senate in November …

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