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Virginia Lawmakers Urge Air Force to Reconsider Moving Science Office to Ohio

  • January 30, 2014
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Three Virginia lawmakers are questioning the Air Force’s plans to relocate its Office of Scientific Research from its current site in Arlington, Va., to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Sens. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D), and Rep. Jim Moran (D) argue that the office’s existing location — close to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation — is too valuable to abandon …

Air Force Panel Recommends Greater Reliance on Reserve Components

  • January 30, 2014
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The Air Force should shift some personnel from its active-duty force to the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve as a way to deal with fiscal pressures, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force recommended Thursday. “Transitioning missions from the Active Component to the Reserve Components will allow the Air Force to perform these missions with less expensive part-time Reservists while reducing the Active Component end strength, thus saving money in the military personnel accounts that can be put to use in readiness, modernization, and recapitalization accounts,” according to the panel’s final report …

Corporate Jobs Initiative Doubles Hiring Goal to 200,000 Veterans

  • January 29, 2014
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After achieving its goal to hire 100,000 veterans seven years early, a coalition of companies has pledged to double its hiring mark to 200,000 former service members by 2020. The 100,000 Jobs Mission, made up of 131 companies, hired 117,439 former service members within two years after setting its hiring goal in 2011, reported USA Today. “We have been able to make a difference in the lives of so many of our nation’s veterans, and those veterans bring tremendous skills and experience to the workplace,” said Maureen Casey, director of military and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase …

President Highlights Need to Support Veterans, Military Families

  • January 29, 2014
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President Obama underscored the importance of supporting service members as they transition into the civilian world during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. “We’ll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership into jobs here at home. And we all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families …

Army Closes Chemical Weapons Disposal Facility at Pine Bluff

  • January 29, 2014
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The Army formally closed the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in central Arkansas earlier this month following a three-year effort to decontaminate and dismantle the facility that destroyed about 12 percent of the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile. The systems contractor for the project, URS, removed its last workers from the site, located at Pine Bluff Arsenal, on Dec. 19. Twenty-four buildings associated with the disposal facility, which were not involved in the processing of chemical weapons, were left standing and were turned over to Pine Bluff Arsenal for reuse …

City Purchasing Properties to Buffer Langley AFB

  • January 29, 2014
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The city of Hampton, Va., has begun purchasing properties in the clear zone of Langley Air Force Base (LAFB) as part of an effort to protect residents in the event of an accident and to demonstrate its resolve to support the installation. The initiative stems from a 2010 joint land use study that recommended spending $12 million to purchase 31 acres to extend Langley’s buffer zone, reported the Daily Press. Hampton and the state have each agreed to pitch in $3 million to purchase land from willing sellers …

Community Network Provides Inpatient, Specialty Care for Ft. Drum Personnel

  • January 29, 2014
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For the past two decades Fort Drum has relied on a unique partnership with its host community for an inpatient medical facility and most specialty care, a byproduct of the close integration that exists between the North Country region of New York and the Army for providing other services such as schools and housing. The longstanding partnership between Fort Drum and civilian healthcare providers dates to 1985 when the Army reactivated the 10th Mountain Division. Rather than building an inpatient facility on post to serve the two brigades’ 10,000 personnel, Army leaders decided to take advantage of the excess capacity in local hospitals …

HASC Lawmakers Urge DOD to Retain Carriers

  • January 28, 2014
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A bipartisan group of 11 House Armed Services Committee lawmakers wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday urging the Pentagon not to retire any of the Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. “There is no doubt that there is enduring bipartisan support for a robust Navy supporting a capital fleet of 11 nuclear aircraft carriers,” stated the letter headed up by Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) also signed the letter. The letter was written after Defense News reported this week that DOD officials are considering whether to eliminate one carrier and one carrier air wing in the 2015 budget, reported the Hill.

Midwestern Cities Take up Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

  • January 28, 2014
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The mayors of Des Moines, Iowa, Columbus, Ohio, and St. Paul, Minn., will take part in a friendly challenge to eliminate veteran homelessness in their cities by 2015. The competition follows a similar challenge between the mayors of Phoenix and Salt Lake City which spurred both cities to eradicate homelessness among military veterans. In December, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized Phoenix for reaching an effective level of zero veterans who were homeless for at least one year or had experienced four episodes of homelessness in the past year …

EPA Removes Much of MCAS El Toro from Superfund List

  • January 28, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed more than 1,900 acres at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro from the federal Superfund list, a move that should provide a boost to efforts by the city of Irvine and FivePoint Communities to transform the Southern California base into the Orange County Great Park and thousands of homes. The decision comes after the Navy and local water agencies spent $165 million on soil removal and groundwater treatment to clean up contamination left over from aircraft maintenance and repair, reported the Los Angeles Times. As a consequence, only 600 acres at the 4,700-acre air base remain on the list of the nation’s most hazardous sites …

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