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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
In warning the congressional deficit reduction committee last week against paring the Pentagon’s discretionary budget beyond the $450 billion in cuts already called for under August’s debt ceiling agreement, the leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee echoed a similar theme as their House counterparts …READ MORE
The Justice Department last week awarded a total of $20 million to nine organizations providing mentoring programs to military children through a partnership with the Pentagon. DOD made the funding available to the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as part of a joint effort to support military kids …READ MORE
Military and community officials point to shortcomings in local higher education offerings as a primary reason they have been unable to fill job openings at the missions that have recently moved to Aberdeen Proving Ground. Many of the jobs available at Army Communications-Electronics Command require specialized degrees that cannot be obtained in Aberdeen and Harford County …READ MORE