• Georgia House Committee Begins Statewide Review of Base Support Efforts

    Georgia House Committee Begins Statewide Review of Base Support Efforts0

    A 15-member study committee formed by the Georgia House to help the state’s defense communities prepare for a future BRAC round met Wednesday in Warner Robins for the first of six hearings planned across the state. After community representatives for Robins Air Force Base and Moody AFB testified about the missions and economic impacts of the two bases, former Sen. Saxby Chambliss praised the Georgia lawmakers for taking action to safeguard the state’s military installations. He said he did not recall state legislators getting involved in the two rounds of base closure he experienced while in Congress …

  • ‘Could Scott Air Force Base Just Fly Away?’

    ‘Could Scott Air Force Base Just Fly Away?’0

    An editorial in the Belleville News-Democrat laments the stark possibility that Scott Air Force Base, Ill., could be shuttered in a future BRAC round. That potential outcome is particularly sobering given the level of dedication the base’s southwestern Illinois neighbors have shown it. “It is nice to the airmen. It makes sure the schools are top-notch to educate the military children and fixed the state system that ensured their class credits followed them. It has a healthy housing stock and worked to resolve property tax issues when base housing was developed by a private company …

  • Veteran Training Center to Open near Robins AFB

    Veteran Training Center to Open near Robins AFB0

    Two Georgia universities on Tuesday will open a $10 million facility near Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins that will offer academic courses and workforce training to help military veterans successfully transition into civilian careers. The Veteran Education Career Transition Resource Center will serve as a one-stop shop for separating service members re-entering the workforce or higher education. The center’s 10 employees — including success coaches, financial aid managers and representatives from the state Department of Veterans Services — will work with veterans to ensure their military training is recognized as they pursue certificates or associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees …

  • State Grant Critical to Goodfellow AFB’s Long-Term Plans

    State Grant Critical to Goodfellow AFB’s Long-Term Plans0

    Leaders in San Angelo, Texas, and Goodfellow Air Force Base are confident a $2.0 million grant the Texas Military Preparedness Commission awarded Tom Green County earlier this year will help protect the installation from possible closure. The grant, recently approved by the county commissioners’ court, will be used to renovate two buildings needed to house Goodfellow’s advanced international training program. The building that will become the International Training Center will be outfitted with technology necessary to train personnel from foreign nations in surveillance, intelligence and related fields …

  • West Texas Bases Contribute $6.7B to State Economy

    West Texas Bases Contribute $6.7B to State Economy0

    During the last two stops on his tour of Texas’ military installations earlier this month, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar touted the role two West Texas Air Force bases — Goodfellow and Dyess — play in sustaining their regional economies and protecting the nation. “As a center of education and training members of the U.S. military services, federal government and our global allies, Goodfellow Air Force Base welcomes thousands of students annually, which brings major economic benefits to the San Angelo community,” Hegar said. “Dyess Air Force Base is a significant employer in Taylor County and the Northwest Texas region, supporting one in every six people in the area …

  • Despite Gains, Military Spouses Still Face Hurdles in Transferring Professional Licenses

    Despite Gains, Military Spouses Still Face Hurdles in Transferring Professional Licenses0

    Despite significant progress nationwide to ease the requirements for military spouses to gain professional licenses or credentials needed to continue their careers after moving, the occupations covered vary by state and the process is far from standardized. “They’re not all created equal, and they don’t cover every single profession,” Katie Savant, a government relations strategist for the National Military Family Association, said of the changes states have made to benefit military spouses …