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Pentagon to Tackle Climate Change, Hagel Says

  • October 14, 2014
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Climate change is a national security threat and is prompting DOD to incorporate the issue into all facets of planning and operations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday in Peru at the Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas. For military installations, one of the most immediate impacts of climate change will be sea-level rise. “Our coastal installations could be vulnerable to rising shorelines and flooding, and extreme weather could impair our training ranges, supply chains and critical equipment,” Hagel said. “Our militaries’ readiness could be tested, and our capabilities could be stressed …

Pursuit of 1GW Goal Pushes Army to Pick up Pace of Energy Development

  • October 13, 2014
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The Army’s top energy officials were eager to tout the progress of the service’s three-year-old effort to develop large-scale renewable energy projects with private sector financing. Established in September 2011, the Energy Initiatives Task Force has now been redesignated the Office of Energy Initiatives due to its success in putting together what the Army considers the largest renewable energy project pipeline in the country. “We’d like to see 100 megawatts installed a year,” Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, told reporters last week. That pace would put the service on course to meet its goal of deploying 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. “Right now the Office of Energy Initiatives is on track and might actually beat that …

Retirement of Longtime Appropriator Could Prompt House Milcon Chair to Shift Panels

  • October 13, 2014
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Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), chair of the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, is considered one of the two leading candidates to head up the panel that funds law enforcement, science and manufacturing programs following the retirement of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) at the end of the year. The other candidate, Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), would have seniority over Culberson. Republican appropriators, however, don’t always follow full-committee seniority in making leadership decisions …

Army, BLM Officials Hear Concerns over Helicopter Noise

  • October 13, 2014
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Residents in three counties west of Fort Carson, Colo., told officials from the Army and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that their primary concern about a proposal for high-altitude helicopter training on BLM land was the potential for increased noise levels. “I would say there was a lot of concern over the noise of the helicopters and the routes that were being used,” said a BLM spokesman. The Army wants to expand helicopter training across federal lands within a 50-mile radius of the post. Since forming the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, which soon will have all 112 of its helicopters, the Army’s need for helicopter training has increased …

El Paso, Southern New Mexico JLUS Reveals Roadmap for Protecting Region’s Bases

  • October 13, 2014
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There are a number of strategies El Paso, Texas, and communities in southern New Mexico can pursue to prevent encroachment surrounding Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range and Holloman AFB, according to draft results from a recently completed joint land use study. The most urgent strategies for ensuring compatible land uses in the region include mapping regional energy development opportunities, promoting interagency consultation on land use, promoting an integrated regional water planning process and establishing a notification process for vertical structures, Elizabeth Drake, the JLUS project manager for AECOM, told a public meeting last week in Alamogordo, N.M. …

Klamath Falls Seeks Consultant to Prepare JLUS for Air National Guard Base

  • October 13, 2014
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The city of Klamath Falls, Ore., is seeking a qualified consultant or consultants to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls. The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment provided a grant to the city to conduct a JLUS to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the military installation complex. Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations. Interested firms can obtain the request for proposals, which outlines the information necessary to understand the consultant selection process and the required documentation, from the city’s website. Letters of interest and proposals shall be submitted no later than 4 p.m. PST on Oct. 27 to the Community Development office, 226 South 5th Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Questions should be directed to Sandra Fox, (541) 883-5361.

Army Not Favoring Utilities for New Development, Energy Officials Say

  • October 10, 2014
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Several of the Army’s most recent awards for the development of new renewable energy projects have gone to local utilities, but the service continues to maintain a balance between projects awarded to utilities and private developers, its top energy officials said Wednesday at a Pentagon media roundtable. In May, the Army announced plans to develop 30-megawatt, alternating current, solar photovoltaic arrays at three installations in the state — Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning — with the Georgia Power Co. Less than one month earlier, officials held a groundbreaking for an 18-megawatt solar project at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. “So it sounds like we’re doing all our projects with utilities,” said Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army’s newly established Office of Energy Initiatives …

State Senate Passes Bill to Make Pennsylvania Base Commission Permanent

  • October 10, 2014
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The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday moved to protect the commonwealth’s installations from future Pentagon realignments, approving a measure to permanently establish the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission. “As other states commit tens of millions of dollars to boost their own military installations, our state government must make a concerted effort to ensure the Department of Defense continues to recognize the value of our facilities,” said state Sen. Richard Alloway II (R), who serves as co-chairman of the Military Installations and Base Development Caucus. The commission was originally established by an executive order in 2012 to explore strategies to preserve and enhance the state’s installations ahead of a future BRAC …

ADC Earns Tax Status for Charitable Organizations

  • October 9, 2014
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The IRS has granted ADC designation as a tax-exempt, charitable organization, a change association leadership sought to allow it to continue its close working relationship with DOD and other federal agencies. The new 501(c)(3) designation, which is used by nonprofits whose mission is primarily educational, will better align with ADC’s mission and services. For the past three decades ADC had been a 501(c)(6) organization, a designation typically used by business leagues to unite individuals with a common business purpose. 501(c)(6) organizations recently have come under increased scrutiny because of their ability to engage in political activity, with federal agencies beginning to consider the possibility of curtailing their participation with such groups …

Monterey Leaders Form Group to Support Area Installations

  • October 9, 2014
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With a BRAC round looming and the Pentagon forced to slash expenses, a group of elected officials and community leaders from California’s Monterey Peninsula have formed an alliance to advocate for the region’s military missions and defense facilities. The Monterey Regional Defense Alliance is an effort to broaden support for local defense facilities — including the Presidio of Monterey/Defense Language Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School — beyond the city of Monterey, said Mary Ann Leffel, president of the Monterey County Business Council. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis of the region’s installations now underway by the city likely will be one the alliance’s first agenda items, reports the Monterey Herald. About 10,000 people are employed in the local defense sector, generating a $1.4 billion annual economic impact. “The closure of one or more of these installations would be potentially catastrophic,” said Dino Pick, deputy city manager for the city.

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