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As Tobyhanna Army Depot in northeastern Pennsylvania approaches a June celebration of its 100th anniversary, workers and area residents look back to the close call they experienced during the 1995 BRAC round. While facing the prospect of being closed made for an anxious time, it brought the community closer together. “That was the first time the community realized what was here …READ MORE
Residents in Baumholder, Germany, are not looking forward to the planned departure of the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and its 4,000 soldiers, later this year. The U.S. Army has had a presence in the town of 4,500, for more than 50 years, and many residents fear the loss of the troops will decimate the town’s fortunes …READ MORE
A Labor Department program providing transition assistance to military veterans would be shifted to the Veterans Affairs Department, under a bill approved Wednesday by a House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee. H.R. 4072, approved by voice vote by the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, would move the Veterans Employment and Training Service, along with its programs and funding, to the VA …READ MORE
Pentagon officials are sticking with planned force structure reductions included in the Air Force’s fiscal 2013 budget request that fall heavily on the Air National Guard, although discussions are continuing, DOD Comptroller Robert Hale told lawmakers Wednesday. “At the moment, at least, we want to stay with our proposal with regard to the Guard …READ MORE
Officials from Fort Hood and its Liberty Village neighborhood celebrated the activation Tuesday of a 3,000-panel solar field that is expected to generate 1 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, or about 20 percent of the electricity needed to power the neighborhood’s 300 single-family homes. Universal Services Fort Hood financed the $3 million project that will offset power bills from the post’s directorate of public works …READ MORE
The California Assembly passed a bill Monday that would give local governments the ability to use redevelopment funds for affordable housing, but not for other needs such as redevelopment. The measure comes after the legislature dissolved the state’s 400 redevelopment agencies last year. That legislation, pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, was intended to balance the state’s budget …READ MORE
Employment, mental health, disability benefits, health care, education, suicide and families, in that order, were the primary concerns of more than 4,200 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, according to a new survey. Among the findings of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s annual survey …READ MORE