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Posts Tagged ‘mission support/community partnerships’

President’s Minimum Wage Order Likely Limited in Scope

  • February 2, 2014
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Last week’s announcement by President Obama that he will sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour likely will affect a relatively small number of workers. The act increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 is only expected to cover about 200,000 federal contract workers overall, since most already make more than $10.10 …

Massachusetts Delegation Meets amid Shadow of BRAC

  • January 30, 2014
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Five members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation on Wednesday discussed state and local initiatives to enhance the efficiency of Massachusetts’ installations as part of an effort to preserve those assets in the run-up to a possible BRAC round. “There are cuts that will be coming in defense,” Rep. Richard Neal (D) told MassLive. “If the Pentagon has to figure out how to move money around in the budget we want to be preemptive …

Virginia Lawmakers Urge Air Force to Reconsider Moving Science Office to Ohio

  • January 30, 2014
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Three Virginia lawmakers are questioning the Air Force’s plans to relocate its Office of Scientific Research from its current site in Arlington, Va., to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. Sens. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D), and Rep. Jim Moran (D) argue that the office’s existing location — close to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation — is too valuable to abandon …

Air Force Panel Recommends Greater Reliance on Reserve Components

  • January 30, 2014
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The Air Force should shift some personnel from its active-duty force to the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve as a way to deal with fiscal pressures, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force recommended Thursday. “Transitioning missions from the Active Component to the Reserve Components will allow the Air Force to perform these missions with less expensive part-time Reservists while reducing the Active Component end strength, thus saving money in the military personnel accounts that can be put to use in readiness, modernization, and recapitalization accounts,” according to the panel’s final report …

Army Closes Chemical Weapons Disposal Facility at Pine Bluff

  • January 29, 2014
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The Army formally closed the Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in central Arkansas earlier this month following a three-year effort to decontaminate and dismantle the facility that destroyed about 12 percent of the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile. The systems contractor for the project, URS, removed its last workers from the site, located at Pine Bluff Arsenal, on Dec. 19. Twenty-four buildings associated with the disposal facility, which were not involved in the processing of chemical weapons, were left standing and were turned over to Pine Bluff Arsenal for reuse …

City Purchasing Properties to Buffer Langley AFB

  • January 29, 2014
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The city of Hampton, Va., has begun purchasing properties in the clear zone of Langley Air Force Base (LAFB) as part of an effort to protect residents in the event of an accident and to demonstrate its resolve to support the installation. The initiative stems from a 2010 joint land use study that recommended spending $12 million to purchase 31 acres to extend Langley’s buffer zone, reported the Daily Press. Hampton and the state have each agreed to pitch in $3 million to purchase land from willing sellers …

Community Network Provides Inpatient, Specialty Care for Ft. Drum Personnel

  • January 29, 2014
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For the past two decades Fort Drum has relied on a unique partnership with its host community for an inpatient medical facility and most specialty care, a byproduct of the close integration that exists between the North Country region of New York and the Army for providing other services such as schools and housing. The longstanding partnership between Fort Drum and civilian healthcare providers dates to 1985 when the Army reactivated the 10th Mountain Division. Rather than building an inpatient facility on post to serve the two brigades’ 10,000 personnel, Army leaders decided to take advantage of the excess capacity in local hospitals …

HASC Lawmakers Urge DOD to Retain Carriers

  • January 28, 2014
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A bipartisan group of 11 House Armed Services Committee lawmakers wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday urging the Pentagon not to retire any of the Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. “There is no doubt that there is enduring bipartisan support for a robust Navy supporting a capital fleet of 11 nuclear aircraft carriers,” stated the letter headed up by Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) also signed the letter. The letter was written after Defense News reported this week that DOD officials are considering whether to eliminate one carrier and one carrier air wing in the 2015 budget, reported the Hill.

No Plans to Close Commissaries, Dempsey Says

  • January 28, 2014
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The Pentagon has not decided to close military grocery stores, but officials are looking for savings anywhere possible to mitigate the impact of budget constraints, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. Officials asked the Defense Commissary Agency to assess the impact of reducing or eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the system, Dempsey said. Military exchanges do not receive a federal subsidy, and the same potential exists with commissaries, he noted …

City to Purchase Tract near Shaw AFB

  • January 28, 2014
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The city of Sumter, S.C., plans to purchase a 694-acre tract near Shaw Air Force Base as part of an effort to protect the installation from encroachment and preserve its ability to carry out its missions far into the future. Much of the acquisition, estimated to cost $2 million, will be paid for by the Conservation Fund. The city plans to pay only about $25,000 toward the cost, reported WISTV. The property likely would become an urban forest …

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