• Forbes Focuses on Costs at Readiness Hearing

    Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, only had time for one question during Wednesday’s hearing on DOD’s fiscal 2012 budget request for military construction, but he made it pretty clear from the outset of the session that eliminating wasteful spending was one of his major priorities. His opening statement included several examples of what he termed “poor decision making …

  • Are There Lessons from the Closure of Warminster’s Naval Facility for Willow Grove?

    With reuse planning in full swing for Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, the Warminster Patch takes a look back at the region’s effort to redevelop the Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster, located only miles away from Willow Grove in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia. After the warfare center was realigned in the 1991 round of BRAC, the major focus of local efforts was bringing the federal buildings into compliance with local building codes …

  • First Lady, Dr. Biden to Spotlight Stories of Military Families

    The decision by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to focus the Joining Forces initiative on education, employment, and mental health and wellness, came out of their visits over the past several years with military families. Education is critical concern for military children who are forced to change schools — and deal with problems related to records transfers and inconsistent grade requirements — up to six or seven times over the course of a parent’s military career …