• JBLM to Lose Medical Headquarters0

    The Army’s Western Regional Medical Command will be moving to Hawaii, costing Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., about 60 jobs and a command position for a two-star general, officials confirmed this week. The move comes as the Army is consolidating its five regional medical commands into four headquarters. The medical command will relocate to Honolulu, home of the Army’s Pacific headquarters, reported the News Tribune. A deputy commander for the medical command, a position most likely assigned to a brigadier general, will remain at JBLM and focus on patient care throughout the Pacific …

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  • Air Force to Impose Headquarters Cuts Quickly0

    The Air Force intends to trim its headquarters staff at a much quicker pace than the five-year timeline Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called for, with offices responsible for installation support services one of the targets for consolidation, according to Air Force officials. Hagel directed the services to reduce their headquarters staff by 20 percent within five years, but the Air Force is aiming to complete much of its cuts by the end of fiscal 2015 …

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  • Soldiers Expected to Benefit from Loosening of Ft. Drum’s Housing Market0

    The North Country region of New York surrounding Fort Drum, typically a very tight housing market, now has a 5 percent vacancy rate, a development that will make it easier for soldiers stationed there to find accommodations in the Watertown area. As a result, military personnel should have more options in the community, and landlords will be forced to compete with newer properties, said James Wright, executive director of the Development Authority of the North Country. “That dynamic has now changed, and it will change the interaction within the community …

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  • House, Senate Agree to Pay Service Members during Shutdown0

    Amid a partisan faceoff over legislation needed to keep the government open, House and Senate lawmakers approved a measure to ensure that service members and some DOD civilians get paid if the government shuts down starting today. The House passed the measure over the weekend by a 423-0 vote, while the Senate cleared it Monday by unanimous consent, sending it to President Obama for his signature. The bill would provide funds to pay members of the armed services on active duty, including Coast Guard personnel and reserve components, during a shutdown …

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  • Pentagon Staff Cuts to Eliminate up to 5,000 Positions0

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s announcement Tuesday that funding will be cut 20 percent for top staffs at the Pentagon is expected to result in the elimination of between 3,000 to 5,000 jobs. The reductions, announced during a visit to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., will affect the offices of the secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the headquarters staff for each of the service chiefs, reported American Forces Press Service. The measure, which is projected to save from $1.5 billion to $2 billion over five years, will take effect from 2015 to 2019 …

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  • DOD Adds Personnel Data to Annual Inventory of Facilities0

    The Defense Department has upgraded the personnel data included in its annual Base Structure Report, allowing readers to see official personnel data for every U.S. installation. In previous years the report included personnel information, but with the caveat that the data was only being used to show the magnitude of size of a location and should not be considered official data. Now the FY 2013 Base Structure Report will feature a new section with data provided by the office of the undersecretary for personnel and readiness …

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