- December 22, 2015
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Following several years of stringent budget caps that reduced funding for training, the Army has identified readiness as its No. 1 priority. But now the service’s efforts to build readiness “across the full spectrum of operations” through large-scale training at its combat training centers could be limited by another constraint — climate change. The effects of climate change, including the increased frequency of extreme weather events — such as flooding, wildfires and droughts — and longer periods of hot temperature, already are interfering with the Army’s ability to train for its combat mission, Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability, said during a panel discussion held last month at the Pentagon to celebrate Earth Day. “Without access to ranges and land, the Army’s readiness suffers …READ MORE
The Georgia House last week formed a 15-member study committee to identify ways to safeguard the state’s military installations in the event a new round of base closures is launched. “We’ve got to be proactive,” state Rep. John Corbett (R) said Monday. “We can’t wait until we’re on the list to be closed to start,” said Corbett, who was appointed to the committee along with 14 other lawmakers. Moody Air Force Base and Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base are located in counties that he represents …READ MORE
The Air Force plans to use Beale AFB in northern California as a demonstration site to develop and deploy energy resilient technologies that can be deployed to other missions and installations across the service. On Tuesday, the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative team — composed of representatives from the Air Force and the Department of Energy’s national labs, and other outside experts — will meet with mission commanders at Beale and evaluate opportunities for energy projects. The team then will develop a plan to provide resilient, cost-effective, cleaner power to the installation, and begin implementing that plan by the end of the year …READ MORE
After 10 years of relying on bottled water deliveries from the Army because local wells had been contaminated by landfills at Fort Detrick, Md., residents of five homes may finally secure a connection to the municipal water supply. If the city grants the installation’s request, the Army would cover the $62,000 cost to connect the five homes to Frederick’s water, reported the Frederick News-Post. The five homes use well water, but stopped using it for cooking and drinking after the Army Corps of Engineers in 2005 discovered perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene in three residential wells. The homes are adjacent to a 399-acre parcel near Fort Detrick containing several capped landfills. The landfills contain sludge from its former decontamination plants, ashes from its incinerators, potentially radioactive sludge from a sewage disposal plant, drums of the industrial solvent trichloroethylene, chemical materials, biological materials and herbicides, according to the story. The corps has sampled groundwater around the post for years to monitor contaminants seeping through the bottom of the capped landfills. The bottled water shipments to the five homes have cost the Army about $2,700 per year.READ MORE
The hope that at least some fiscal 2017 appropriations bills could be passed in regular order took a step backward last week after debate in the Senate on the energy-water spending measure — the first to go to the chamber floor — broke down over a dispute over handling amendments. Democrats twice blocked votes to limit debate on the bill after learning of a surprise amendment by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) that would bar the United States from buying heavy water from Iran. The amendment, which triggered a White House veto threat, would limit the administration’s ability to implement the nuclear deal with Iran …READ MORE
Fort Jackson will gain an eleventh training battalion in October 2017, bringing the Columbia, S.C., post an additional 2,000 soldiers annually and 210 permanent personnel. The news also signals that the Pentagon places a heightened value on Fort Jackson, reported the State. “This is very, very significant,” said George Goldsmith, chairman of the Columbia Chamber’s military affairs committee. “It shows Fort Jackson and the community has gotten the word out to the Army that we’re ready to grow. That story is getting out and it’s being heard …READ MORE