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Army Needs to Help Communities Understand Impact of Privatized Lodging, Panel Says

  • April 15, 2014
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The owners of hotels outside military installations that have privatized lodging are concerned on-post facilities could gain an unfair competitive advantage, according to the report of the House Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2015 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill. Their concern stems from the possibility that hotels developed under the Privatized Army Lodging (PAL) program could be made available to the general public while also benefitting from hotel stays made by soldiers who are traveling …

Army Breaks Ground on Flight Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

  • April 14, 2014
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The Army’s flight activity center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurt is finally getting a new home – after operating for more than 50 years out of an outdated hangar originally designed for the Navy’s antisubmarine blimp fleet. Officials broke ground Friday on a new facility to house Communications-Electronics Research…

Deal over UAS Park at Grand Forks AFB Expected in June

  • April 13, 2014
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The Air Force expects to reach final agreement over an enhanced use lease (EUL) at Grand Forks Air Force Base for a business and technology park focused on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in June, Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, said last week. Grand Forks County is the Air Force’s local partner for the EUL, which will cover 217 acres at the installation. Northrop Grumman will be the Grand Sky project’s anchor tenant. “The agreement we’re forging in North Dakota between Grand Forks County, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman will help create one of the premier hubs in this country for developing unmanned aerial system technologies,” said North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven …

Key West Housing Project Exempt from Property Taxes, Florida Court Rules

  • April 3, 2014
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The Navy’s housing partner in Key West, Fla., is exempt from paying local property taxes and, as a result, does not need to pay about $11 million in back taxes, a Monroe County Circuit Court judge ruled this week. The county’s property appraiser ended the property tax exemption in 2012 on 895 units at Naval Air Station Key West and filed liens seeking back taxes, penalties and interest for the previous four years …

Plan to Consolidate Exchanges, Commissaries Would Mitigate Budget Cuts

  • March 31, 2014
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A proposal from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) to consolidate military commissaries and base exchanges could provide an alternate means to generate some of the savings required under the Pentagon’s plan to trim the annual subsidy for military grocery stores over the next three years. The AAFES proposal, submitted March 17 to senior DOD officials, concluded that a consolidation could save $250 million to $450 million a year in commissary overhead …

Only Two Services Used Privatization Authority for Unaccompanied Housing

  • March 30, 2014
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The four military services have come to varying conclusions regarding the feasibility of relying on privatized housing for unaccompanied personnel, with only the Army and Navy taking advantage of the authority, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Analyses conducted by the services about the potential of privatizing housing for personnel with no dependents considered a number of factors, including the availability of the basic allowance for housing (BAH) — which provides a stream of revenue in the form of rent payments for the projects — for junior unaccompanied personnel …

House Panel Demands Data on Excess Federal Property

  • March 26, 2014
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Two top members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are pressing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide data on federal property holdings needed to support legislation intended to streamline the process for disposing of underutilized property. A March 24 letter sent by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) repeats a request from December 2011 for Federal Real Property Profile data on property valued at $50 million or more which does not currently meet federal government needs …

Closures of On-Base Eateries Likely Related to New Minimum Wage Rules

  • March 25, 2014
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Six restaurants located on military installations, including three McDonald’s outlets and two name-brand eateries, have closed recently or are planning to shortly, with new minimum wage requirements for workers on federal contracts believed to have played a role in the decisions. Last week McDonald’s restaurants closed at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., and at Naval Support Activity, Bethesda, Md.; a third McDonald’s will close next week at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash. A fourth restaurant, I Love Country, has notified Navy Exchange Service Command that it will close next week at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii …

Housing Investors Face Uncertainty under BRAC, Downsizing

  • March 24, 2014
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Dramatic reductions in military end strength, along with a new round of base closures, could harm holders of $24 billion in military housing privatization bonds, which have financed the construction of more than 190,000 residences since 1996. A quarter of the bonds are uninsured, reports Barron’s. In addition, the developers and operators of most of DOD’s housing privatization projects are not protected against changes in occupancy stemming from BRAC …

Air Force Renewable Energy Projects Advance toward One Gigawatt Goal

  • March 2, 2014
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Air Force officials are envisioning one of the military’s largest energy ventures to take shape at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a project expected to generate at least 50 to 60 megawatts of renewable energy. Last November, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center selected the team of Starwood Siemens, with lead developer Energy Management, to develop energy projects on four separate parcels at the central New Jersey installation through an enhanced use lease …

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