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New York Adds $2M to FY 2014-15 Budget for Base Retention

  • April 1, 2014
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New York added $2 million to its 2014-2015 budget for base retention, a fund that primarily will benefit Fort Drum as the Pentagon pushes to hold a new round of base closures in 2017. “It’s a very good showing from the state, that they’re aware of the significance of the events that are starting to unfold, and the fact they have to put a lot of effort into preserving what we have,” said Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization …

More Focus Needed on Military Caregivers, RAND Study Concludes

  • April 1, 2014
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More effort is needed to support the 1.1 million-plus spouses, parents and friends caring for veterans injured and disabled since Sept. 11, 2001, a new RAND Corp. study recommends. Caregivers who assist post-9/11 veterans provide an estimated $3 billion in care annually, but despite those contributions, researchers found there are few public or private programs that directly support the needs of military caregivers …

Recognize Your Community or Local Leader; Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

  • April 1, 2014
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Given the overwhelming response to the 2014 Defense Community Awards, the deadline to submit nominations has been extended to April 14. As defense communities face challenges on multiple fronts, it is important to take the time to recognize the accomplishments of the leadership at communities and installations. ADC will present this year’s awards at the second annual Defense Communities Congressional Breakfast June 5 on Capitol Hill as part of the Defense Communities National Summit. Each award honors a community, installation, public official or military leader demonstrating leadership, innovation and excellence …

Twentynine Palms Positions Itself to Achieve Energy Self-Sufficiency

  • April 1, 2014
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The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., will become an important test bed for microgrid technology as the installation works toward connecting multiple energy sources later this year. Within the next month, a new 8-megawatt co-generation plant will go online, allowing the base to produce 90 percent of its own energy, reports the Desert Sun. Other elements of the microgrid will include the installation’s existing co-generation plant, 564 kilowatts of battery storage and the base’s installation of solar panels on rooftops and parking structures …

Alabama Congressman Wonders if BRAC Would Benefit Huntsville in Future

  • April 1, 2014
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Redstone Arsenal and the surrounding region of Huntsville, Ala., was one of the big winners in the 2005 round of BRAC, but Rep. Mo Brooks (R) warned a local audience that the area might not be so fortunate next time. “There are a lot of folks who would love to be able to take that job that’s at Redstone Arsenal and move it and they see BRAC as a way to do that,” Brooks told attendees Monday at a Washington update hosted by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce …

House Republican Budget Would Restore Defense Spending

  • April 1, 2014
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The long-term spending plan unveiled by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Tuesday calls for defense spending to exceed Budget Control Act spending caps starting in fiscal 2016 and to return to pre-sequester levels by 2017. After FY 2015, the House Republican’s 10-year budget shifts more than $50 billion a year from domestic to defense spending, a move that guarantees the plan will be universally opposed by Democrats. Assuming the budget resolution passes the House, it almost certainly will not be reconciled with a Senate version as that chamber is not expected to move its own budget this year …

Davis-Monthan AFB Welcomes Residents to Attend College Classes

  • March 31, 2014
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Tucson-area residents can take classes at Pima Community College’s facility located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The college’s education center at Davis-Monthan is associated with the Community College of the Air Force and is designed to meet the needs of enlisted military personnel. The center offers all general education courses required for an associate degree, from writing to computer classes, reports the Aztec Press. The school relies on civilian students to cover its costs, though. To gain access to the base, students must be U.S. citizens with either a passport or a birth certificate.

Officials Seek Special Tax District for Connecticut Engine Plant Site

  • March 31, 2014
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The Connecticut Legislature is taking up a measure that would create a special taxing district for the former Stratford Army Engine Plant, a key step to obtaining financing for public infrastructure needed to support the property’s redevelopment. Last month, the Legislature’s Planning and Development Committee approved the bill, HB 5368, after local and state officials voiced their support during a hearing, reported the Stratford Star. The legislation would benefit the mixed-used project envisioned for the site, located at the mouth of the Housatonic River …

Belt-Tightening Initiative Enlists Airmen to Clean Buildings at Scott AFB

  • March 31, 2014
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Airmen at Scott Air Force Base will be assigned new custodial and grounds-keeping duties starting Tuesday as part of a cost-cutting move intended to save $1 million. Personnel will be assigned more responsibility for sweeping, vacuuming, mopping and grass-cutting at the majority of buildings on the installation located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Air Mobility Command, however, will retain its custodial contracts at buildings categorized as “prestige” level …

DOD Reiterates Commitment to Asia

  • March 31, 2014
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Despite a rising chorus of doubts as to whether the Pentagon can carry out its pivot to Asia due to budget cuts and a possible Russian threat to Europe, the Obama administration remains firmly committed to the shift. “The rebalance is at the front and center of our national security strategy,” a senior defense official told reporters at a background briefing previewing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s trip this week to Hawaii, Japan, China and Mongolia …

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