In Our Communities
In Our Communities

The Army and the state of Hawaii need to reach a new agreement if tenants such as Pacific Skydiving and Skydive Hawaii will be able to continue operating at Dillingham Airfield near Honolulu past June 30, the Star-Advertiser reported. Tourist businesses have been...

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Biden Nominates Karlin to Lead DOD Strategy
Biden Nominates Karlin to Lead DOD Strategy

Mara Karlin, who worked in the Pentagon during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, has been nominated to become assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, as Defense News reported. Karlin is currently the acting assistant secretary...

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Space Force Plans to Work More with Businesses of All Sizes
Space Force Plans to Work More with Businesses of All Sizes

Col. Russell Teehan, portfolio architect at the Space and Missile Systems Center, said the Space Force plans to incorporate more small businesses instead of leaning on a handful of large prime vendors. The commercial sector will play a role in every mission area, he...

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VA Chief Makes Case for 8.5% Budget Increase
VA Chief Makes Case for 8.5% Budget Increase

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough told lawmakers Thursday that the agency needs more money in the next fiscal year to help address homelessness, suicide, aging facilities and community care, including payments to private doctors providing care to veterans....

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Bipartisan Bill Would Address PFAS Nationally
Bipartisan Bill Would Address PFAS Nationally

Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) have reintroduced a bill that would designate PFAS as hazardous substances and force government cleanup of PFAS-contaminated sites. The bill is identical to language the House has passed before, but its backers...

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Suicide among Reservists Spiked at End of 2020

Suicide among active-duty service members surged last summer, at the initial peak of the COVID-19 pandemic but evened off in the final quarter of 2020, Military Times reported, based on the Pentagon’s latest preliminary data. Among active-duty personnel, there were...

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McCord Tapped to Return as DOD Comptroller

President Joe Biden has nominated Mike McCord to serve as DOD comptroller, a role he held from 2014 to 2017. Since that time, he has overseen civil-military programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service and served on the board of trustees for the Aerospace Corp.,...

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In Our Communities

The Biden administration took steps over the weekend to potentially start housing unaccompanied minor migrants at Camp Roberts, Calif., AP reported. The Pentagon on Friday approved a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to review the Army National...

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In Our Communities

The Department of Health and Human Services has requested to begin housing unaccompanied minor migrants at Camp Roberts, Calif. A Pentagon spokesperson said Thursday the request is under review, Military.com reported…. The Flint Hills Regional Council is soliciting...

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Biden Planning 2.7% Federal Pay Raise

Federal agencies have been told to budget for a 2.7% pay increase for federal civilian workers, according to Federal News Network. Civilians received a 1% pay raise in the current fiscal year and a 3.1% bump the year before. It’s not clear whether the pay raises will...

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More Vets Getting Vaccines than Expected

Only about 3% of veterans are turning down COVID-19 vaccines, a figure lower than Veterans Affairs officials expected, Stars and Stripes reported. The figure is higher in some rural areas. “We were worried we’d see more vaccine hesitancy and disparities across...

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In Our Communities

Almost all midshipmen at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., who wanted a COVID-19 vaccine have had their first shot, allowing the campus to reopen some of its facilities, the Capital Gazette reported…. DOD officials say proposed water restrictions near Fort McNair...

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