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Commissaries Earn Reprieve in Omnibus

  • December 10, 2014
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The massive omnibus spending bill unveiled Tuesday would restore most of the $100 million cut in the federal subsidy for military grocery stores included in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, a move that should ensure commissary operations remain at current levels. The FY 2015 omnibus, which would fund almost all government agencies through next September, would restore $90 million of the proposed reduction, reports Stars and Stripes. As a result, service members, their family members and veterans should not see a reduction in the discounts offered at the stores …

Authorization Bill Calls for Moderate Cut to Commissary Subsidy

  • December 9, 2014
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The compromise version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill supports trimming the federal subsidy for military grocery stores by $100 million for one year, significantly scaling back the Pentagon’s cost-cutting proposal. The Defense Department asked for a $200 million cut in the annual direct subsidy for commissaries in FY 2015 as part of a plan to reduce the government’s annual subsidy for commissaries from $1.4 billion to $400 million over three years. Fully imposing the proposal would slash the average savings on groceries from 30 percent to 10 percent …

Housing Developer at Ft. Knox Files Suit over Troubled Project

  • December 8, 2014
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The Army’s housing partner at Fort Knox, Ky., has filed a lawsuit against the project’s insurer after the company refused to approve changes to the development plan. The suit, which was moved to U.S. District Court in Louisville last month, follows the Army’s deactivation this year of the post’s single brigade combat team. Almost 50 percent of the housing project’s residents were assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Knox Hills LLC, a partnership between Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships and the Army, had requested Ambac Assurance Corp. settle the dispute through mediation, but the firm refused …

Ft. Bragg Opens Housing to Retirees, DOD Civilians

  • November 19, 2014
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In a move intended to boost an occupancy rate falling due to troop cuts and housing construction in surrounding neighborhoods, Corvias Military Living will allow military retirees, DOD civilians and the families of fallen soldiers to live in family housing at Fort Bragg, located outside of Fayetteville, N.C. Fort Bragg officials announced the decision Monday and said the installation has room for between 300 and 350 families that previously were not eligible, reported the Fayetteville Observer. “The ability to live on post at Fort Bragg is a true privilege for members of the military community,” said Col. Jeffrey Sanborn, Fort Bragg’s garrison commander …

SolarCity to Install Solar Panels on Navy, Marine Corps Family Housing in San Diego

  • November 13, 2014
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The Navy’s family housing partner in San Diego reached a deal with SolarCity to purchase energy generated from rooftop solar photovoltaic systems installed on nearly 6,000 homes across 27 neighborhoods, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Thursday. The power purchase agreement between SolarCity and Lincoln Military Housing represents one of the solar provider’s largest residential efforts under its SolarStrong initiative to provide energy to military housing communities across the country. The San Diego rooftop installations would add 20 megawatts or more of renewable energy capacity to the Navy’s portfolio …

Army Hotel Privatization Initiative Reaches Five-Year Milestone

  • November 9, 2014
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InterContinental Hotels Group last week celebrated five years as the hotel operator for the billion dollar Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program. Over the past five years, IHG has brought 77 Army lodging facilities into the IHG Army Hotels portfolio across 39 installations in the United States through three separate phases. This year, IHG has opened 1,300 guest rooms on Army posts. The firm expects to brand an existing 2,000 guest rooms on two posts by the end of 2015 …

Army Survey Asks Whether Installations Provide Proper Services

  • November 5, 2014
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A survey of soldiers needs conducted by the Army and the RAND Corporation at 45 posts could lead to new partnerships between installations and their host communities to provide services to personnel that now are going unfulfilled. “Today’s Soldier Survey” is intended to help the department’s leaders evaluate which benefits are valued most by soldiers and family members. The assessment will help identify problems soldiers and their families have experienced over the past year, reported the Army News Service. Army leadership will use the results to determine how the department can best address the most pressing unmet needs, whether through Army-provided services or community and non-federal entity partnerships …

Lend Lease Marks Opening of World’s Largest Candlewood Suites

  • October 27, 2014
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Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships last week hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston to celebrate the opening of the world’s largest Candlewood Suites as part of the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program. The five-story, 153,685-square-foot hotel is designed as an extended-stay model with 310 studio and one-bedroom suites offering full kitchenettes and large work areas. Features include a swimming pool with patio pavilion; business, fitness and laundry facilities; daily hot breakfast; and a free on-post shuttle. The Army launched the PAL program in 2009 to revitalize on-post lodging facilities for soldiers, their families and government travelers …

Dover AFB Transfers Water System

  • October 16, 2014
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Dover Air Force Base, Del., formally turned over its water system to Tidewater Utilities earlier this month, following its selection last year through a competitive solicitation. Tidewater will provide the installation with potable water service under a 50-year contract, and own and maintain all of the base’s water utility assets. The firm also will be responsible for making capital improvements to the system, reported the News Journal. “The commencement of the privatization agreement with [the Air Force base], a premier U.S. military facility, marks a turning point for our company and signals our capability to be a viable and competitive contender for military base water system privatizations across the country,” said Dennis Doll, president and CEO of Middlesex Water, the parent company of Tidewater.

Feds Deny Waiver from New Minimum Wage Requirements for On-Base Eateries

  • October 7, 2014
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Concessionaires at military installations will not be granted an exemption from new rules requiring federal contractors to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers, according to regulations issued Tuesday by the Labor Department. The Labor Department issued the rules to implement an executive order signed by President Obama in February establishing a $10.10 per hour minimum wage beginning Jan. 1 for workers on federal contracts. Since the president’s action, the services and lawmakers had expressed concerns that the increased cost — about 40 percent — could force on-base eateries to close, costing many military family members their jobs …

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