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Some 270 companies represented by the American Logistics Association have committed to hiring 25,000 military spouses and veterans in the next two years, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday during a visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis with her husband. The commitment comes as part of the Joining Forces campaign and is the largest to date toward the president’s challenge for the private sector to hire 100,000 military spouses and veterans by 2013 …READ MORE
After several previous attempts to dispose of the former Stratford Army Engine Plant in Connecticut fizzled, the government is offering the 77-acre site “under new and innovative sale terms.” Essentially, the property, since renamed Point Stratford, will be sold for the cost to clean it up …READ MORE
A federal commission would be created to consider closing outdated overseas military bases, under a bill introduced Wednesday by Sens. Jon Tester and Kay Bailey Hutchison. The report and recommendations prepared by the eight-member commission for the president and Congress would include a proposed overseas basing strategy for current and future missions, taking into account “heightened fiscal constraints …READ MORE
Federal officials next month plan to unveil a completely updated Transition Assistance Program that is better designed to reach younger service members that soon will be entering the civilian workforce. One key enhancement in the program — a collaboration among the Defense, Veterans Affairs and Labor departments — will be delivering TAP’s services via the Web …READ MORE
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