• With New Arrivals Coming to Bragg, Officials Wait to See Where They Settle

    With 200 new employees expected to arrive at Fort Bragg about every two weeks or so through the summer, real estate officials in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina are eager to find out where the new arrivals from Georgia will decide to live. So far Hoke County, located west of the installation, and western Harnett County, located to the north, are the early favorites …

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  • Should the Marines’ Move to Guam Take a ‘Time-Out’?

    Perhaps the planned relocation of 8,000 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam should take a “time-out” in the wake of the natural and manmade disasters overtaking Japan, Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, asked at a hearing last week on the Pentagon’s fiscal 2012 defense authorization request for military construction programs. “Correct me if I’m wrong, but this decision was predicated on Japan being willing to spend billions and billions of dollars to make this work for our military. Don’t you think it would be wise at this moment to do a time-out” …

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  • Maryland Counties Ask Delegation to Provide Transportation Funds

    Leaders of five Maryland jurisdictions on Friday urged the state’s congressional delegation to unearth transportation funds needed to accommodate the influx of personnel coming to four installations in Maryland — Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Meade, the National Naval Medical Center and Andrews Air Force Base. The executives from four counties and one city cited a recent Transportation Research Board report which concluded that the Pentagon should accept more responsibility for traffic problems it causes at growing installations …

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  • County Wants to Consider Airport Reuse at Willow Grove

    Despite opposition from many of the municipalities and residents neighboring Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove outside of Philadelphia, Montgomery County commissioners voted last week to apply to the base’s LRA for a public benefit conveyance for the airfield. The commissioners insisted that they have no intention of operating an airport but, instead, want to ensure the county does not lose out on potential economic development in the future that an airport could support …

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  • Experts Question Pentagon Efficiency Savings

    Some of the planned savings included in a memo last week from Defense Secretary Robert Gates may never materialize, as federal employees are forced to take on the responsibilities of contractor personnel slated to be eliminated, according to defense analysts. In other cases, general and flag officer posts designated to be filled by lesser-ranking officers already have been downgraded …

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  • Pentagon to Revise Road Funding Criteria

    In response to recommendations in a congressionally mandated study, DOD will revise the eligibility criteria for determining whether the Pentagon will foot the bill to upgrade local roads projected to experience significant congestion as a result of mission growth at a neighboring installation. The announcement was included in the written testimony submitted by Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, last week …

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