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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 …

Survey Launched to Help Address Causes of Spouse Unemployment

  • September 23, 2013
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In an effort to better understand the factors making it difficult for military spouses to find jobs, the Military Officers Association of America and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) last week launched a military spouse employment survey. The study will focus on the employment pattern of all military spouses — including National Guard and Reserve, veteran and surviving spouses — especially related to their long-term career trajectories …

Labor Department Provides Aid to Workers at Texas Bases

  • September 20, 2013
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The Labor Department is providing a National Emergency Grant worth up to $4.1 million to provide re-employment assistance to about 1,120 workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood in Killeen and the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana. The grant will provide job training for the former defense civilian workers and contractors. The grant was awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission to provide the affected workers with training and other services necessary to compete for high-demand occupations in their local areas. National Emergency Grants are part of the labor secretary’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. “Civilian workers, who often serve alongside military service members, play an important role in defending our nation and deserve our support when layoffs occur,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

Network Extends Reach of Military Spouse Career Programs

  • September 8, 2013
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The Spouse Ambassador Network, DOD’s newest initiative to support the employment of military spouses, will expand available opportunities for spouses by combining the efforts of an array of military support organizations and 200 partnering companies, according to a defense official. The ambassador program, “a network of networks,” will prepare military spouses for careers through the efforts of organization such as the Military Officers Association of America, the National Military Family Association, Blue Star Families and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …

Navy Moves Cyber Forces to Former Joint Forces Command HQ

  • August 21, 2013
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Navy Cyber Forces, made up of 1,578 personnel, is moving across Hampton Roads, Va., to the former headquarters for Joint Forces Command in Suffolk. The Pentagon disestablished that command in 2011, taking 1,200 workers out of Suffolk. The latest move, from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, is scheduled to be completed in September, reported WVEC. Navy Cyber Forces was created in February 2010.

Texas Launches Pilot Program to Help Recent Army Veterans Find Jobs

  • June 16, 2013
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The state of Texas is launching a pilot program to help returning Army veterans find employment more quickly, particularly in growing industries such the medical, energy and technology fields, the Texas Workforce Commission announced last week. The State of Texas Soldier Employment Initiative, funded through a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is intended to develop new approaches to enhance outreach and re-employment services for Army unemployment compensation claimants …

Contractors Not Exempt from Spending Cutbacks, Hale Says

  • June 11, 2013
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The $37 billion in sequester cuts the Pentagon is taking in fiscal 2013 likely will result in a “sharp drop” in contractors, Comptroller Robert Hale told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Tuesday. “The majority of [the sequester] is going to come out of contractors — about $2 billion will come out of furloughs,” Hale told lawmakers, reported American Forces Press Service. That means a drop in the number of contractors in the department. “I don’t know yet how much, because the year isn’t over, but I think there will be a sharp drop,” Hale said. He told the subcommittee that about 700,000 contractors work throughout DOD.

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