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Posts Tagged ‘News from ADC’

Hear Four Washington Insiders Explain How the Pentagon Can Survive the Budget Quagmire

  • June 6, 2013
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One question underlies much of what ADC members think about on a daily basis — how is DOD going to cope over the coming decade with spending cuts of at least $500 billion, with the potential to reach $1 trillion? The answer to that question will determine whether the military’s troop strength is sharply dialed back, how deeply the civilian workforce will be trimmed and whether there will be future rounds of base closure …

Tsongas Takes on Mission of Strengthening Massachusetts’ Defense Communities

  • June 6, 2013
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Since entering Congress six years ago, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) has been a devoted advocate for defense communities in Massachusetts and across the country, along with the men and women who serve in the armed forces, and veterans. As the only member of the Massachusetts delegation serving on the House Armed Services Committee, Tsongas is personally engaged on issues affecting the defense sector throughout the commonwealth, including New England’s only active-duty Army and Air Force installations — the U.S. Army’s Soldier Systems Center in Natick and Hanscom Air Force Base …

Leveraging Existing Organizations’ Efforts Often Best Way for Communities to Support Veterans

  • June 5, 2013
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The best way communities can support veterans and military families in many cases is to take advantage of the dozens of nonprofits in their area already serving those populations. While the sheer number of veterans organizations and programs already under way in a given community can be confusing and make it difficult for local officials to commit new resources to overcoming the challenges facing veterans, taking an active role often requires only that a community convene existing stakeholders and identify ways to augment services already being delivered, according to the latest article published in the Journal of Defense Communities …

Senator Lent a Hand to Reuse of Kansas Ammunition Plant

  • June 4, 2013
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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) waged a seven-year battle with the Army and the Environmental Protection Agency to overcome separate roadblocks to the effort by the Great Plains Development Authority to recover from the closure of the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant following the 2005 round of BRAC. Without the third-term senator’s tenacity in pressing top federal officials to move the authority’s application for an economic development conveyance ahead, the LRA’s seven-year saga to obtain more than half of the property for redevelopment may never have ended …

How Are Our Installations Holding up under Sequestration?

  • June 4, 2013
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Installations have taken more than their fair share of spending reductions as a result of sequestration, as facilities sustainment and restoration accounts have absorbed deep cuts this year. The services are deferring all but the most critical repairs, a situation that DOD’s top installations official has said cannot be accommodated over the long-term. At a special briefing during the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., next week …

Oklahoma’s Inhofe Defends Service Members, Families, Veterans

  • June 3, 2013
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As the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee and previously as senior member of the panel, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has been a long-standing champion for the military, the men and women who defend the nation, military families and veterans. In recognition that a strong national defense is one of the most important functions of the federal government, the four-term senator has continually fought to ensure the armed forces have the resources they need to fulfill their mission and the military budget remains a fixed percentage of the gross domestic product …

North Dakota’s Newest Senator Quickly Adopts Her State’s Defense Communities

  • June 2, 2013
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Since her swearing-in in January, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp has quickly become engaged in defense community issues, meeting multiple times with North Dakota’s defense community leadership in Minot, Fargo, Bismarck and the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee in just the early months of her first term. Heitkamp has been instrumental in her advocacy for North Dakota’s defense community priorities, including bringing the next tanker mission to Grand Forks Air Force Base and ensuring the top leaders at DOD understand the importance of maintaining and modernizing the nation’s nuclear triad, a critical mission for Minot AFB …

Fort Bragg Planning Group Creates Infrastructure to Meet Veterans’ Mental Health Needs

  • May 30, 2013
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The Fort Bragg Regional Alliance has led a multi-pronged effort involving military and civilian healthcare providers and other agencies to meet the behavioral health needs of veterans living in an 11-county area surrounding Fort Bragg, N.C. The Alliance has focused on several key human infrastructure issues, including service members’ transition from the Army to the Veterans Affairs Department and third-party providers in the community. After first identifying gaps in the availability of healthcare and mental health services as part of the regional growth plan it completed in 2007 …

Top Energy Officials to Brief National Summit Attendees

  • May 30, 2013
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When it comes to installation issues, energy has become the most important watchword over the past decade. Each of the military services has embraced bold goals for increasing its reliance on renewable energy and is racing to achieve them. In short, the services are making news at a rapid pace as they announce new power purchase agreements, strive to meet net zero targets for their installations and enhance energy security …

Aberdeen Commander Recognized by ADC for STEM Outreach, Other Partnering Efforts

  • May 29, 2013
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The leadership at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., has been the driving force behind a series of partnerships with its neighbors designed to bolster the skills of its workforce and increase the commitment to education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in public schools. Last month’s opening of the Army STEM Education Outreach Center at APG represents the installation leadership’s most recent initiative to further science and technology education throughout the Chesapeake Corridor …

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