The Senate is scheduled to begin debating the contents of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill this morning after the measure surmounted a procedural vote Monday night. The chamber is expected to take up multiple amendments as part of a manager’s package, reported CQ. A handful of amendments could get votes on the floor this week as well. … Peterson AFB, Colo., will lose 72 military and civilian positions following the Air Force’s decision to transfer cyber responsibilities from its Space Command to Air Combat Command, headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Despite the realignment, Colorado Springs stands to gain as the service ramps up its space efforts over the next several years, Jay Lindell, chief advocate for military and aerospace jobs for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), told the Gazette. … Military Times has created a searchable database of drinking water systems and monitoring wells located both on- and off-base where elevated levels of the contaminants PFOA and PFOS have been detected. The database relies on data from DOD, which previously reported that drinking water systems at 36 installations tested above EPA guidelines, and 90 installations recorded elevated contaminant levels in the groundwater at either on- or off-base locations. Remedial actions carried out by DOD could take up to a decade or more to complete, Maureen Sullivan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment, safety and occupational health, told Military Times.
Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russell