The Defense Department would be allocated $606.5 billion in base funding and $68.1 billion for the overseas contingency operations account in fiscal 2019, under the spending bill advanced by the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday. The base budget amount falls about $900 million short of the administration’s budget request but represents a $17.1 billion jump over the current year’s spending level, reported the Hill. The measure would fund an increase of 15,600 active-duty personnel and a 2.6 percent pay raise for service members. Links to the bill text and report can be found on the committee website. … The town of Rosepine, La., will provide custodial services to Fort Polk under a five-year intergovernmental support agreement (IGSA) signed last week. The agreement, worth $1.7 million a year, provides custodial care to more than 100 facilities on Fort Polk, said Nathan Jernigan, chief of the public works’ operations and maintenance division. “Our current contract is about $2.4 million a year, so this is a significant savings for Fort Polk,” Jernigan said. “Of equal importance is the integration of Fort Polk with the local community,” he said. The IGSA builds on a similar agreement for grass-cutting services the post reached in March with the city of Leesville, according to an Army press release. … During a meeting in Brussels, NATO defense ministers last week approved creation of a joint force command in Norfolk, Va., that will ensure maritime security in the Atlantic, reported DOD News.