• New Civilian Trauma Centers in San Antonio Would Threaten Army Hospital, Officials Say

    New Civilian Trauma Centers in San Antonio Would Threaten Army Hospital, Officials Say

    Officials at Brooke Army Medical Center are concerned about the prospect that one or more San Antonio-area hospitals will develop a new trauma center, a move likely to cut into patient loads at Brooke’s emergency room and hamper its medical training mission. Brooke, located on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, serves as a training hub for combat physicians. Its emergency room logs 80,000 visits a year — 80 percent of them civilians, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Last week, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Johnson, Brooke’s commanding general, told the San Antonio City Council that plans by two local hospitals to build trauma centers would threaten medical readiness and the quality of care at Brooke …

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  • Five Communities Selected for 2018 Class of ‘Great American Defense Communities’

    Five Communities Selected for 2018 Class of ‘Great American Defense Communities’

    ADC has named five communities from across the country to the 2018 class of Great American Defense Communities, a recognition of the unique contributions communities that host military installations make to improve quality of life for service members and military families. The 2018 class, along with neighboring installations, includes: Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, Md. (Aberdeen Proving Ground); Greater Fort Knox region, Ky. (Fort Knox); San Diego region (MCAS Miramar, MCB/MCAS Camp Pendleton, MCRD San Diego, NB Coronado, NB San Diego and NB Point Loma); South Georgia region (Moody AFB); and Tampa Bay (MacDill AFB and Avon Park Air Force Range) …

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  • White House’s Disaster Relief Request includes $1.2B for Installations

    White House’s Disaster Relief Request includes $1.2B for Installations

    Military installations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and nearby areas would obtain funding to repair and rebuild facilities damaged during hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, under a $44 billion emergency spending request submitted by the White House on Friday. The aid, which would benefit all of the military’s branches, primarily would be added to operations

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  • Defense Bill Would Impose Limits on European Infrastructure Consolidation

    Congress intends to reconsider the Pentagon’s plan to downsize its European footprint in light of Russia’s aggressive stance toward the West. The final version of the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill calls for DOD to craft a strategy for stationing more troops in Europe on a permanent basis, an effort that will require officials to assess the capacity of existing locations and potential new sites, and to reevaluate locations slated to be divested under the European Infrastructure Consolidation initiative …

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  • Compromise Defense Bill Would Expand Army by 8,500 Soldiers

    Compromise Defense Bill Would Expand Army by 8,500 Soldiers

    The armed forces would add more than 20,000 personnel, including 7,500 active-duty soldiers, under the $692 billion fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill hashed out by House and Senate negotiators. Last week’s conference agreement includes $626.4 billion in the defense base budget, which exceeds the spending cap permitted under the Budget Control Act by nearly $78 billion, raising the question as to whether all of the plans in the annual policy bill will be funded in the defense appropriations bill …

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  • Pentagon Proposes Turning over DOD-Run Schools to Local Authorities

    Pentagon Proposes Turning over DOD-Run Schools to Local Authorities

    The Defense Department has proposed turning over operation of the 47 schools it operates in seven states in the continental United States to local school districts as part of a Trump administration initiative to cut spending and shrink the federal workforce. The plan, which would not impact DOD-run schools overseas, was one of several reforms the department sent the Office of Management and Budget in September. If the plan is approved by the White House, DOD would first test it at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. …

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