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  • Partnerships, Trimming Facilities Footprint Are Keys for New ACSIM

    Partnerships, Trimming Facilities Footprint Are Keys for New ACSIM

    Unsurprisingly, many of the priorities of Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, the Army’s new assistant chief of staff for installation management, are focused on ways to cope with severe funding constraints. One of her priorities is carrying out the Army’s ongoing “Reduce the Footprint” initiative, an effort to cut the overall cost of maintaining infrastructure by eliminating excess facilities. The Army spends an estimated $450 million to $500 million annually maintaining underused facilities, reports the Army News Service. “Right now we are in fiscally-constrained times. So being able to garner back dollars on reducing excess infrastructure is important,” Bingham said. “If you could imagine recouping that amount of money every year, and think about how we can invest that in the readiness of our soldiers — that’s huge …

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  • Scope of Investigation into Groundwater Contamination Expands

    Scope of Investigation into Groundwater Contamination Expands

    The Defense Department’s initial investigation into 664 sites across the nation that potentially have elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in their drinking water has been expanded to at least 2,000 sites, most of them on Air Force bases, the New York Times reported Monday. The groundwater contamination is believed to have been caused by decades of use of firefighting foam at military installations. The Air Force has spent $137 million to assess the scope of the problem in addition to money it is paying to treat water systems and provide alternate sources of drinking water in affected communities. The ultimate cost of the cleanup will “likely be quite large,” according to one official …

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  • Ft. Ritchie Residents Push Back against Maryland County’s Development Plans

    Ft. Ritchie Residents Push Back against Maryland County’s Development Plans

    Washington County’s plan to take over the former Fort Ritchie in central Maryland and turn it into a town center development means 88 families will need to move out when their leases expire in less than six months. Since the July 12 announcement, Fort Ritchie residents have criticized local officials for not revealing the plan earlier. Washington County Administrator Greg Murray explained that local plans for Fort Ritchie always called for redeveloping the 591-acre site. “These have been short-term leases for quite some time. There’s no surprise that the fort would be redeveloped,” Murray told the Frederick News-Post. “It was never meant to sustain that housing for long term because it’s in disrepair …

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  • Early Focus on Entrepreneurship Would Pay Dividends When Veterans Transition

    Many veterans possess the critical personality characteristics, leadership traits and technical skills required to be successful entrepreneurs, but they leave the military unprepared to pursue the challenges associated with starting a new business. To better prepare service members to become entrepreneurs, DOD should provide them the necessary stepping stones needed to successfully transition to business ownership starting at the beginning of their service, according to a commentary in Stars and Stripes. One step is teaching service members the importance of financial flexibility, not only increasing savings but also minimizing monthly payments for a car or home, write J. Michael Haynie, Syracuse University’s vice chancellor of Veteran and Military Affairs, and Douglas McCormick, a former active-duty Army officer and co-founder of HCI Equity …

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  • Council of Governments Needs Consultant for Ft. Bragg JLUS

    The Mid-Carolina Council of Governments (COG), in partnership with the Regional Land Use Advisory Commission (RLUAC), is soliciting proposals for the completion of a joint land use study (JLUS) for Fort Bragg. The JLUS will update the existing GIS database and address compatible land use, environmental, climate change adaptability, air space and water supply/quality issues between the Fort Bragg military reservation in North Carolina and the six counties directly abutting it. The JLUS RFP can be downloaded from either the RLUAC or Mid-Carolina COG websites. Proposals must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 17. Submittals shall be made electronically to tlovell@mccog.org. File size is limited to 10 MB and consultants are encouraged to confirm receipt of submittals. Multiple files are permitted. All questions should be directed to Jim Dougherty, project manager, at either (910) 583-1233 or director@rluac.com.

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  • State to Fill Newly Created Position of Military Affairs Director

    The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) is looking to fill the newly created position of Arkansas military affairs director. The director will be crucial to the state’s efforts to support growth and enhancement of the military presence in Arkansas as well as to improve Arkansas’ military-friendly environment for service members, military dependents, military retirees, and businesses that bring military and base-related jobs to the state. The military affairs director will be housed at AEDC’s office in Little Rock. The director will act as a liaison to Arkansas’ congressional delegation on defense, military and BRAC issues and will encourage the preservation and expansion of military missions in the state …

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  • Kaine Supports Base Closures, but not BRAC

    Kaine Supports Base Closures, but not BRAC

    Like many of his fellow lawmakers, Sen. Tim Kaine has opposed the Obama administration’s repeated requests to hold one or more rounds of base closure. In contrast to most BRAC opponents, though, Kaine, who was selected Friday to be the running mate of Hillary Clinton, freely acknowledges the need for DOD to shed some of its excess infrastructure in light of estimates that 22 percent of its capacity is unneeded. His objection to the Pentagon’s BRAC requests stems from the process, which forces every defense community to invest resources in protecting its bases even if they aren’t in any real jeopardy …

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  • Ft. Harrison LRA nears Completion of Reuse Efforts

    Ft. Harrison LRA nears Completion of Reuse Efforts

    Two decades after the Army shuttered Fort Benjamin Harrison in Lawrence, Ind., the post’s LRA is seeking proposals for its last major parcel of undeveloped land. Reuse of the 18.5-acre parcel calls for a mix of apartments and retail. The new construction will be anchored by a branch of the Indianapolis Public Library and, possibly, a grocery store, reports the Indianapolis Star. “Everybody’s going to want to be close to the library,” said Freddie Burrus, executive director of the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority. “The whole plan was to have a place that’s kind of identifiable …

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