• Kansas Governor Hails Armed Forces, Extends Military Council

    Surrounded by representatives from Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth, Forbes Field and McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) last week signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 24 Armed Forces Appreciation Day, an act intended to show the state’s gratitude for service members’ sacrifice and to recognize the significant social and economic impact the armed forces has on Kansas. Brownback also renewed the state’s Army Community Covenant marking the state’s commitment to active and reserve personnel, as well as veterans …

  • Fort Ritchie Redevelopment Stuck in Litigation

    Reuse of the former Fort Ritchie, a north central Maryland installation closed following the 1995 round of base closures, continues to remain bogged down in litigation. Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) — the developer which acquired the site’s 592 acres from 2006 to 2007 for $5.0 million — announced that it expects further delays from litigation initiated in 2005 after the Army revealed earlier this month that “tactical defoliants/herbicides” were tested at numerous installations, including Ritchie …

  • House, Senate Face Looming Deadline to Avert Shutdown

    With one week left before the continuing resolution funding federal operations in fiscal 2011 runs out, House Republicans late Friday introduced a stopgap funding bill that would keep the government open until March 18 while cutting $4 billion from current spending levels. None of the proposed cuts would come at the expense of defense or military construction spending. And other than calling for eliminating $265 million in earmarks for Homeland Security programs, the bill does not target national security …