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DOD Awards $13.2M Grant to Community to Replace School at Dugway Proving Ground

  • November 26, 2013
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The Tooele County School District, Utah, will receive $13.2 million from DOD to demolish and replace a high school at Dugway Proving Ground, the department announced last week. The school district is providing matching funds of $2.7 million for the project, which will serve 120 students in grades seven through 12. The school district, which leases land from the Army for the school, will own and operate the new high school …

NFL Team’s Support Helps Jacksonville Improve Veterans Services

  • November 25, 2013
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The Jaguars Foundation is contributing $1 million to help Jacksonville expand a range of services for veterans. Earlier this month, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Jaguars owner Shad Khan cut the ribbon on the city’s new veteran resource and reintegration center, a project designed to better support veterans with social services, housing assistance and employment services. The city also is adding a social services specialist to its military affairs office to assist veterans, reported First Coast News. “This will assure that Jacksonville continues to be known throughout the country as the number one home for returning veterans,” said Khan.

Further Cuts Will Harm Commissary Benefit, Agency CEO Says

  • November 25, 2013
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Military grocery stores struggled during fiscal 2013 to cope with cutbacks in funding triggered by sequestration, Joseph Jeu, director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency, told lawmakers last week. Civilian furloughs forced most commissaries to close one day a week for six weeks. A department-wide hiring freeze already had resulted in staffing at two-thirds of the commissaries falling below required levels. As a result, some customers waited in checkout lines for 20 to 30 minutes …

Army to Shelve Plan to Expand Colorado Maneuver Site

  • November 25, 2013
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The Army on Monday agreed to formally kill its plan to expand the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado, a move designed to provide local residents certainty about their future for the first time since officials announced their intention to consider enlarging the 235,000-acre site 10 years ago. “This enables all of us to move forward,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment …

Armed Services Panels Still Aiming to Clear Authorization Bill This Year

  • November 25, 2013
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Staffs for the House and Senate Armed Services committees will work over the next two weeks toward a compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill to help expedite the process of clearing a conference report. After the Senate failed to make significant progress on the measure last week, the chamber is facing a severe time crunch to pass its version of the annual policy bill, S. 1197, before the end of the year …

Sequester Cuts Hinder Army Energy Initiatives

  • November 24, 2013
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Budget constraints are hampering the Army’s effort to conserve energy and shift toward renewable energy sources, Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability, said last week. Officials were forced to cancel $250 million in energy projects in fiscal 2013 as a result of the spending cuts triggered under sequestration, Kidd said …

Army Selects Firm to Develop Solar Plant at Ft. Detrick

  • November 24, 2013
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The Army on Friday selected Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco to build an 18.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at Fort Detrick, a move intended to help the service meet its goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. The post will purchase all power generated by the solar plant at a cost equal to or less than current electricity costs, according to the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF). The solar PV system will be designed as “microgrid ready,” allowing it to be connected to a future microgrid …

Defense Bill Could Follow Several Paths to Enactment

  • November 24, 2013
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The House and Senate face a significant time crunch to clear a fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill before the year’s close following the Senate’s failure last week to reach a deal over how to handle amendments, but there are several strategies congressional leaders can adopt to expedite the measure. The simplest way would be for the Senate to strike a deal to expedite debate over the annual policy measure when it returns from its Thanksgiving recess on Dec. 9, either by agreeing to hold a limited number of votes on amendments or by ending debate and proceeding to a final vote …

Budget Negotiators Set Sights on Sequester Relief

  • November 24, 2013
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The lead negotiators for the House-Senate budget conference are continuing to attempt to reach an agreement that would set discretionary spending levels through fiscal 2015 and undo a portion of the sequester cuts over that period. The limited agreement would avoid hot-button issues such as tax increases and entitlement reforms, and instead would rely on user fee increases, federal asset sales and a mix of spending reductions to offset the sequester, reported CQ. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have discussed a number of scenarios, but so far have not struck a deal. The two plan to continue their talks through the Thanksgiving break …

Walter Reed Reuse Plan Would Reintegrate Historic Campus into Neighboring Community

  • November 21, 2013
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More than 2,000 residential units, including single-family detached homes, row houses and apartments are slated to be built on the site of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in northwest Washington, D.C., under the plan proposed by the team recently named the site’s master developer. Alongside the residential units, the project will include retail space, offices, a science center, restaurants, a Hyatt hotel and conference center, and 20 acres of open areas. The development team of Hines International, Urban Atlantic and Triden Development plans to call the new 66.7-acre campus the Parks at Walter Reed …

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