A plan to house thousands of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the nation’s southern border at an installation in Texas appears to have been shelved as the Pentagon has yet to receive a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare for arrivals, reports Military.com. The plan to use Goodfellow AFB to house children “is on indefinite hold,” according to an HHS spokesman. DOD had been preparing for Goodfellow to take up to 20,000 children; meanwhile Fort Bliss was getting ready to handle up to 12,000 undocumented families. … With the economy continuing to chug along, companies are aggressively competing to hire veterans with transferable skills, resulting in ”a war for talent” as the civilian and non-civilian unemployment rates are both below 4 percent, Matt Disher, a senior vice president with RecruitMilitary, told Military.com. The unemployment rate for all veterans in August stood at 3.8 percent, slightly better than the overall unemployment rate of 3.9 percent. Also encouraging is the steady improvement in the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans, which dropped to 3.9 percent in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate for those veterans peaked at 12.1 percent in 2011. … A subsidiary of Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Energy will own, operate and maintain the electric utility system for Fort Jackson, S.C., under a 50-year contract valued at $142 million awarded this week by the Army. Dominion Privatization South Carolina LLC will take over operation of the post’s electric system in April 2019, according to a press release.
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