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OEA Awards Grants to Texas, Wisconsin Communities to Address Downsizing

  • December 19, 2013
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The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is awarding community economic adjustment grants totaling $1.3 million to local officials in East Central Wisconsin and Northeast Texas following the loss of more than 1,000 positions at each location, the Defense Department announced Thursday. The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission will receive $837,315 to support the region’s response to the loss of 1,200 positions at Oshkosh Corp.’s Defense Division …

Long-Term Need to Trim Force Structure Remains despite Sequester Relief, Air Force Says

  • December 15, 2013
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The bipartisan budget deal reached last week will help the Air Force mitigate urgent readiness problems, but long-term budget constraints still will force officials to reduce the size of the service’s forces, the Air Force’s top two officials said Friday. “Even with this relief, we will need to re-size the Air Force to one that is smaller than it is today in order to protect investments we need for the future, and to shape an Air Force that we can keep ready,” acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing …

Georgia Streamlines Process for Veterans to Obtain Professional Licenses

  • December 12, 2013
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A new Georgia law went into effect last week making it easier for transitioning service members to enter the civilian workforce by expediting the transfer of certain military certifications to professional licenses. Veterans now can apply online to have their military experience recognized by the state; they will be required to complete the application within 180 days of discharge from active duty …

Partnerships Help New Jersey Employers Connect with Veterans

  • December 4, 2013
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New Jersey employers are trying new initiatives to recruit and train veterans in the latest sign that corporate America is striving to cut the jobless rate for veterans. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey earlier this year launched a program to train and hire veterans in cooperation with Rutgers University-Newark and the nonprofit Workforce Opportunity Services. About a dozen veterans in the 39-week program participate in an internship program at Horizon during the day, and then take classes in business and software development in the evening …

Iowa Unveils Jobs Initiative to Attract Veterans

  • November 13, 2013
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The state of Iowa is launching an initiative to promote the state as an abundant source of jobs for veterans. Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Tuesday announced “Home Base Iowa,” a private-public partnership to raise $6 million to market Iowa as a home for veterans and service members in search of jobs …

DOD Spouse Employment Initiative Adds New Partners

  • November 6, 2013
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Sixty new companies joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) in a Pentagon ceremony Tuesday, demonstrating corporate America’s commitment to military families. “Thanks to MSEP’s efforts, these companies now understand and are hiring from the most savvy, caring, dependable, well-educated group of people you can — a military spouse,” said Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Welsh said “the game has changed” in recent years in terms of credentialing, training and promotion opportunities for spouses, reported American Forces Press Service. “Behind every great airman, soldier, sailor, Marine and Coast Guardsman is a spouse and a family that serves too, and they bring value to our workplace and to our nation,” she said.

Army ‘Will Partner with Anyone’ to Cut Costs, Ferriter Says

  • October 30, 2013
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The Army is seeking to expand the success of privatization of housing and utilities to nearly all commercial-like services, according to senior Army officials. “We will partner with anyone who can cut costs,” the Army’s top installations official, Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, said last week…

Hampton Roads Bracing for Major Sequester Impact

  • October 28, 2013
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Without a congressional agreement to stop deep sequestration cuts in 2014, the Hampton Roads community must prepare for major cuts to military support contracts, local leaders have said. Next year “is going to be a very uncertain, high-anxiety year that we’re just going to slog through the best we can,” Craig Quigley…

$2M Federal Grant Helps Establish Manufacturing Accelerator at Brunswick

  • October 23, 2013
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A $2 million federal grant awarded to the LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Naval Air Station Brunswick and the regional workforce development board for Maine’s coastal counties will help establish an advanced manufacturing accelerator at Brunswick Landing. TechPlace will be an advanced office, shop, laboratory and workspace for high-tech research, development and manufacturing. When completed, TechPlace will provide an ideal location for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s (MRRA) target industries — aerospace, aviation, composites/advanced materials, biotechnology and renewable energy …

DOD Unveils Online Curriculum for Transition Assistance Program

  • October 14, 2013
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The Defense Department has introduced an online version of the curriculum for Transition GPS, the redesigned Transition Assistance Program (TAP) intended for separating service members. “We recognize that many of our service members don’t have access to brick and mortar classrooms for transition instruction,” said Susan Kelly, director of the Transition to Veterans Program …

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