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Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Stay-at-Home Workers Make the Longest Commutes

  • August 16, 2012
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While the realignment of a mission due to BRAC typically forces civilian workers to decide whether to move with their job or not, several hundred employees of the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command have kept their homes in central New Jersey and are commuting to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. Some are making the four-hour, roundtrip commute daily while others return to New Jersey only for the weekend, reports the Baltimore Sun …

Secretary Announces $45.7M in Transportation Funding for Maryland, Washington

  • August 7, 2012
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Montgomery County, Md., and Lakewood, Wash., will receive construction grants to improve transportation access to military medical facilities, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Monday during his remarks at the ADC 2012 Annual Conference. Montgomery County’s $40 million grant is intended to provide an easier commute for patients, service members and civilian employees of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. Lakewood is receiving $5.7 million for improvements to the Freedom Bridge overpass near the Madigan Army Medical Center gate at Joint Base Lewis-McChord …

Benefits to Further Investment in Guam, Marianas, Consultants Say

  • August 2, 2012
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The military’s existing force structure in the Asia-Pacific needs to realigned and should include a greater presence on Guam and the Mariana Islands, the authors of an independent review of the nation’s force posture in that region told lawmakers this week. Some steps can be taken immediately, David Berteau, senior vice president and director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Wednesday. “There are some initial investments in Guam and the Marianas that make sense, both in terms of robust infrastructure and in terms of training capability that are to some extent not dependent on the total number of Marines that are going to move …

Posture Assessment Indicates Guam Realignment Could Be Scaled Down Further

  • July 26, 2012
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The congressionally mandated study of the U.S. defense posture in the Asia-Pacific region suggests that fewer than 5,000 Marines should move from Okinawa to Guam, according to a statement from Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo. “While the report is positive overall for Guam, it also includes a vague suggestion that fewer than 5,000 Marines on Guam might be more operationally viable. I do not agree with this suggestion; however, it is important to note that the recommendations included in this report do not represent the views of the Department of Defense …

Marine Corps Realignment to Guam “Coming Together,” DOD Official Says

  • July 22, 2012
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During meetings with the governor of Guam and other leaders last week, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter described the planned relocation of almost 5,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam as “in a much better place than it was even six months ago,” according to a senior DOD official traveling with Carter. The plan now calls for transferring about 4,800 Marines to the island, rather than the 8,000 originally projected. About two-thirds of the relocating troops will do so on a rotational basis, meaning the island will not need to accommodate as many family members as had initially been planned …

DOD Releases $180M to Expand Highway to Ft. Belvoir

  • July 16, 2012
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The Pentagon on Monday released $180 million to widen U.S. Route 1 through Fort Belvoir for a project intended to ease access to the Northern Virginia post for patients, service members and civilian workers at the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The funds were disbursed by the Office of Economic Adjustment under a $300 million appropriation in the fiscal 2011 defense spending bill for transportation projects needed to improve access to medical facilities affected by BRAC 2005 …

North Alabama School Districts Start Planning for BRAC Construction Funds

  • July 15, 2012
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Officials from 15 north Alabama school districts met with legislators Thursday to discuss how they could obtain a share of $175 million in funds to build and renovate schools trying to accommodate swelling enrollments due to BRAC growth at Redstone Arsenal. In April, the Alabama legislature amended the 2010 law establishing the state bonding authority to make it easier for the school systems to qualify …

Maryland Secures $1.3M Grant to Build Train Station Serving Aberdeen

  • June 25, 2012
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The state of Maryland has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete construction of a new station on a commuter rail line serving Aberdeen Proving Ground. About 8,200 new positions came to the proving ground as a result of BRAC 2005, bringing the installation’s workforce to 22,000. The grant will pay for converting the Edgewood, Md., station from a platform to a fully functioning MARC station …

Guam Lawmaker to Urge DOD to Rely on Privatization to Supply Housing for Buildup

  • June 25, 2012
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A member of the Guam legislature plans to recommend the Defense Department turn to its family housing privatization initiative to provide housing needed to accommodate up to 5,000 Marines slated to move there from Japan. “The MHPI [Military Housing Privatization Initiative] is a workable alternative to what was previously announced by the DOD, which saw the government of Japan taking advantage of constructing military housing and reaping the benefits of the repayment by the DOD …

Change in Marine Corps’ Plans Leaves Guam Unsettled

  • June 17, 2012
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The impact of the decision by the United States and Japan to scale down the scope of the realignment of Marine Corps troops from Okinawa already is being felt in Guam, the island territory that had been preparing for the influx of military personnel. Homes built in Guam for thousands of temporary construction workers sit vacant, with some now serving as affordable housing for island residents. In April, the two nations revised their roadmap for moving troops off of Okinawa. Under the new agreement, between 4,700 and 5,000 troops will be stationed in Guam; initially, 8,600 Marines and their families would have relocated from Okinawa …

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