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  • LRA for Plattsburgh AFB Winds Down

    Twenty-one years after Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York’s Champlain Valley region was shuttered, the base’s local redevelopment authority is close to putting itself out of business. If three pending sales go as scheduled, Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp. (PARC) will have only three other properties left to market, Lee Mitchell, PARC’s chief financial officer, said last week at the corporation’s annual meeting. The three parcels total 16.3 acres and are valued at $933,000. Over the last two decades, PARC has taken advantage of $115 million in state and federal investment to refashion the site into an industrial park specializing in aerospace, rail transportation, manufacturing and other fields …

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  • Justice Department to Invest in Expanding Veterans Treatment Courts

    To expand the nation’s system of veterans treatment courts, the Justice Department last week pledged to award more than $4 million to 13 states and local jurisdictions to develop their own programs. The special courts divert veterans charged with nonviolent criminal offenses to a court-supervised process that emphasizes treatment and rehabilitation by offering support from health care professionals, veteran peer mentors and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). There are now 463 such court systems in the nation, reported Military Times. Two-thirds of veterans who go through the system successfully complete their regimens, and 88 percent of courts see a reduction in arrests …

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  • Coast Guard to Make Pt. Mugu Permanent Home

    Coast Guard to Make Pt. Mugu Permanent Home

    The Coast Guard has decided to make its current operating base at Naval Base Ventura County-Point Mugu in Oxnard its permanent home in the Los Angeles area.
    The Coast Guard established an interim forward operating base at the naval installation last year in advance of the closure of its facility at Los Angeles International Airport. The service had operated there since 1962. The base will include two mission-ready helicopter units, their crews and support personnel. The move will allow the Coast Guard to sustain its air search-and-rescue operations and law enforcement activities along the Central California Coast, reported the Tri County Sentry. “The Coast Guard’s decision further solidifies Naval Base Ventura County as a strategic asset to Ventura County, California and the nation,” said Rep. Julia Brownley (D). Brownley spearheaded legislation in Congress last year that authorized the Coast Guard’s move to Point Mugu, as well as legislation that funded the needed facilities.

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  • Democrats Blast CR Filed in Senate

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday released the text of a continuing resolution (CR) that Democrats have not agreed to, raising questions as to whether lawmakers will successfully approve a stopgap by Sept. 30 to keep the government running at the start of the new fiscal year. McConnell indicated that the two parties would have until Tuesday to continue negotiating a final agreement, but Democrats blasted the “Republican-only” bill over a number of controversial policy riders and the lack of emergency funding to upgrade the water system for Flint, Mich. One rider that has attracted the ire of Democrats would continue an existing provision in law blocking a Securities and Exchange Commission rule related to the disclosure of corporations’ political spending …

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  • Encroachment Effort at MacDill AFB Leaves State Officials Frustrated

    Encroachment Effort at MacDill AFB Leaves State Officials Frustrated

    The state of Florida this week agreed to purchase the residential development rights on a 25-acre parcel adjacent to MacDill Air Force Base in South Tampa even though the landowner will retain the right to build a hotel or motel on the parcel’s north end.
    The $1.3 million purchase will prevent residential development in MacDill’s clear zone and accident potential zone, but the state was only able to reach agreement to purchase the development rights for a hotel or motel on 11 acres in the airfield’s clear zone, reported the Tampa Bay Times. Still, it’s the best deal the state could get, said Bruce Grant, executive director of the Florida Defense Support Task Force …

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  • Northwest Florida Touts ADC Honor

    Northwest Florida Touts ADC Honor

    Officials from Northwest Florida gathered Wednesday to celebrate the designation of the Eglin Air Force Base – Hurlburt community as one of 10 Great American Defense Communities. “Everyone in this room is aware of the importance of our military installations,” Nathan Sparks, executive director of the Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County, told the hundreds of military, business and community leaders. “We also know that those installations are made up of people with families, and all of you here are working to find ways to serve them …

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  • State Opens Motor Vehicle Office at Ft. Bragg

    State Opens Motor Vehicle Office at Ft. Bragg

    The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) opened a mobile office at Fort Bragg Wednesday, bringing DMV services back to the Fayetteville, N.C., post for the first time since 2008. The mobile office will visit the installation six days a month, and allow personnel and family members to handle most driver license services. The mobile units include credit card readers, mobile cameras and vision and knowledge skills testing. The move is intended to better serve military families, with the new office considered a tangible way the state can demonstrate its commitment, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said the DMV may be the first, and sometimes the only, interaction troops and their families have with their state government. The Fort Bragg DMV is expected to serve between 60 and 80 customers daily. “This is one more step by this state to lighten the administrative load in the soldier’s rucksack, enabling them to focus more on training for that next deployment,” said Military and Veterans Affairs Secretary Cornell Wilson Jr.

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  • Coming Soon: 360 3.0

    Starting next month, Defense Communities 360 will be getting a makeover. The daily newsletter’s new format will be easier to scroll through on mobile devices and be more flexible in how it covers news — many stories will be covered with a brief teaser, with more important stories receiving more thorough coverage. In-depth stories will be part of the regular coverage as well. Look for The Insider soon.

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