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During a visit last week to Grand Forks AFB, Terry Yonkers, the Air Force’s assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics, said officials will select approximately five to six candidate bases in about a year to host the KC-46A next generation tanker aircraft. One base will be chosen initially as a home for an operational KC-46 unit, with another installation picked as a training site …READ MORE
With 2,900 military and civilian DOD personnel, Griffiss AFB remains a vital part of the economy of New York’s Mohawk Valley despite being closed following the 1993 BRAC round. After fighting to save a Defense Finance and Accounting Service branch, a division of the Air Force Research Lab and the Eastern Air Defense Sector during the two base closure rounds since then …READ MORE
The Navy has disposed of the last remaining parcel at the former Naval Station Ingleside, transferring the installation’s 155-acre electromagnetic reduction facility earlier this month to a local company that manufactures offshore projects for the oil and gas industry. Kiewit Offshore Services last month submitted the only conforming bid during the Navy’s public auction of the property …READ MORE
The elevated unemployment rate for veterans who have left the military in the past decade has been difficult to combat despite a variety of recent initiatives. Veterans would seem to possess many of the skills employers value — leadership, teamwork and the ability to operate independently — yet companies continue to overlook veterans …READ MORE
The Energy Initiatives Task Force, which the Army formed last month, is focused on bringing private sector investment in large-scale renewable energy projects to its installations, including solar and wind power. To help the Army reach its goal of attracting $7 billion in private investment for such projects, the service will need to make some changes in how it does business …READ MORE
A Small Business Administration program funding grants for technical assistance to BRAC communities would be eliminated under a set of recommendations sent by Republican members of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee to the congressional deficit reduction committee last week. The defense transitional assistance grants, which provide matching funds to communities for programs aiding small businesses, “are ineffective and no longer in demand …READ MORE
Community leaders in Middle Georgia are pointing to a 1-cent sales tax referendum next month in Bibb County as vital to the future of Robins AFB. A portion of the special purpose local option sales tax would go toward reducing encroachment caused by residences beyond the base’s airfield …READ MORE