• Authorization Bill Would Impose Restrictions on A-10 Retirement Schedule

    Authorization Bill Would Impose Restrictions on A-10 Retirement Schedule0

    The Air Force could be forced to adjust its latest plan for retiring its fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft, under the House version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill. Earlier this year, the service proposed to gradually retire the fleet beginning in FY 2018 and ending by Oct. 1, 2021. The chairman’s mark, unveiled Monday, would require the Air Force to maintain a minimum of 171 A-10 aircraft designated as primary mission aircraft …

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  • Authorization Bill Would Expand Testing of New Commissary Pricing Policy

    Authorization Bill Would Expand Testing of New Commissary Pricing Policy0

    Military grocery stores would introduce variable pricing and private label products in an effort to slash the federal subsidy supporting commissaries, under the portion of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill marked up by the House Armed Services’ Military Personnel Subcommittee on Wednesday. The two changes are intended to increase commissaries’ profit margin, but the legislation aims to protect the commissary benefit for military families, which has been estimated at providing shoppers up to a 30 percent savings. DOD already had been planning on testing these new options this summer, as it had been authorized in last year’s defense policy bill …

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  • New York Lawmakers Add $3M to State Budget to Preserve Installations

    New York Lawmakers Add $3M to State Budget to Preserve Installations0

    New York’s 2016-2017 budget will include $3 million to strengthen military facilities in the state in the face of a possible BRAC round or future cutbacks in defense spending, state Sen. Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi said Tuesday. Three facilities at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park — the Air Force Research Laboratory at Rome, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the Eastern Air Defense Sector — will be supported by the grant, helping to protect jobs in the Mohawk Valley, the lawmakers said in a news release. In addition to the facilities at Griffiss, the funding will be split among other installations, including Fort Drum, Fort Hamilton and Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The exact funding allocation will be determined in the near future, the lawmakers said …

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  • Junction City Struggles to Adjust to Cutbacks at Ft. Riley

    Junction City Struggles to Adjust to Cutbacks at Ft. Riley0

    Junction City, Kan., is used to fluctuations in the population at neighboring Fort Riley associated with deployments and drawdowns from overseas conflicts, but the recline decline of 2,100 military and civilian personnel assigned to the post is hurting local business and putting a crimp in the real estate market.
    The economic impact generated by the post fell from $1.9 billion in 2011 to $1.6 billion last year over an eight-county region. Randy Tholstrup, who has owned an off-post Army surplus store for 18 years, said sales this year have dropped more than 20 percent, but he believed it stemmed from local unease over the presidential election rather than the decline in the number of soldiers at Fort Riley. “I’d be crazy if I weren’t concerned by [the cutbacks]. It’s down, down, down every year,” said Tholstrup …

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