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The airport at the former Norton Air Force Base could generate an estimated $1.2 billion annually in economic activity, helping the region around San Bernardino in Southern California recover from the installation’s closure in 1994, according to a university study. San Bernardino International Airport now is responsible for 9,355 jobs and a $500 million payroll …READ MORE
Two school districts in south Colorado Springs, Colo., expecting to enroll dozens of more students stemming from growth at Fort Carson, stand to gain increased state funding. Fountain-Fort Carson District 8 — where students from military families or others working at the post make up 68 percent of the school’s enrollment — estimates it will receive $600,000 from the state based on adding 104 new students …READ MORE
Due to multiple time constraints, Congress will have a difficult time passing any of the 12 annual spending bills for fiscal 2012 before Oct. 1. After returning from their August recess, lawmakers are scheduled to be in session for only two weeks in September …READ MORE
Amid a colorful ceremony Wednesday, the flags for Walter Reed Army Medical Center were symbolically cased, marking the closure of the Army’s flagship hospital where hundreds of thousands of the nation’s war wounded have received care since 1909. With the hospital’s actual closing scheduled for September, officials are preparing to move its operations in August …READ MORE
Two proposals for expediting the federal government’s disposal of unneeded real property were highlighted during a hearing Wednesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Rep. Jason Chaffetz said his bill would eliminate burdensome requirements giving priority claim on excess properties to public users …READ MORE
First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, this week unveiled a program to honor citizens, communities, schools, nonprofits, faith-based institutions and local governments that demonstrate exceptional support for military families. The Joining Forces Community Challenge will recognize programs, services, or support designed to ease the burden and alleviate the emotional and mental stress on service members and their families …READ MORE
Atlanta lawmakers and officials from Fort McPherson are crafting an agreement that would allow the city’s fire department access to the post so personnel can become familiar with the Army’s facilities prior to the 126-year-old base’s pending closure. The deal would ensure McPherson has adequate fire and rescue coverage during the transition period prior to its Sept. 15 closure …READ MORE