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Secretary Deborah Lee James: Plan to cut airmen’s extra duties coming in weeks

Stephen Losey, Air Force Times7:03 p.m. EDT August 3, 2016 The Air Force is about to start taking a machete …

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US Air Force FMS Changes Coming Soon

Valerie Insinna, Defense News9:04 a.m. EDT August 4, 2016 WASHINGTON — In the next few weeks, the US Air Force …

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Air Force needs a ‘get well program,’ secretary says

By DAVID WILKES, Washington Examiner The Air Force’s top civilian leader on Tuesday called the readiness crisis a “vicious circle” and …

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21st Century Partnership names new Executive Director

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. – The 21st Century Partnership announced today the appointment of Col. (ret.) Daniel (Dan) Penny as a …

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Air Force Launching Seminar Series on Partnerships

In Mission Support/Community Partnerships, Association of Defense Communities Dan Cohen The Air Force Community Partnership (AFCP) program is offering a series …

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F-15E demonstrates new display system

Boeing demonstrated an improved display computer system on a US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles earlier this month, uniting the …

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BRAC

Georgia House Committee Begins Statewide Review of Base Support Efforts

A 15-member study committee formed by the Georgia House to help the state’s defense communities prepare for a future BRAC …

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ADC’s Fall Conference to Address Redevelopment Issues at Active, Closed Bases

ADC will hold its first Installation Reuse Forum in October to discuss redevelopment issues affecting both active and closed installations. …

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SBA Rule Incorporates Statutory Changes Easing HUBZone Eligibility Requirements at BRAC Sites

The Small Business Administration (SBA) last week issued a final rule implementing changes to the HUBZone program enacted in the …

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Navy Would Have a Role to Play in Next BRAC Round, Mabus Says

Since the Obama administration first proposed holding new rounds of base closure four years ago, Navy leaders have consistently supported …

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‘Could Scott Air Force Base Just Fly Away?’

An editorial in the Belleville News-Democrat laments the stark possibility that Scott Air Force Base, Ill., could be shuttered in …

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County Bolsters Support for Readiness Center at Youngstown ARS

Trumbull County last week approved shifting a small piece of the county’s lodging tax to the Western Reserve Port Authority …

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Pueblo Chemical Depot LRA Issues RFPs for Range of Services Needed to Advance Reuse Effort

PuebloPlex, the local redevelopment authority for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., is soliciting proposals for a range of services needed …

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Boozman Praises Pine Bluff Arsenal, New Support Group

Arkansas Sen. John Boozman (R) expressed his support for the new initiative by Pine Bluff Arsenal’s host community to promote …

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New 21st Century Partnership Executive Director sets priorities

The new Executive Director of the 21st Century Partnership says Robins Air Force Base is in a good place. However, …

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New Leader of Robins AFB Support Group Cites BRAC as Top Priority

The incoming executive director of the 21st Century Partnership says his most important task will be preparing Robins Air Force …

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Presidio of Monterey Shines Bright in Pursuit of Energy Conservation

The Presidio of Monterey may be the nation’s greenest military installation. It has captured the Secretary of the Army’s Energy …

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Navy Yard Sets Course to Become Philadelphia’s Second Commercial Hub

With the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week, a number of experts in military base redevelopment have recommended lawmakers …

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State Grant Critical to Goodfellow AFB’s Long-Term Plans

Leaders in San Angelo, Texas, and Goodfellow Air Force Base are confident a $2.0 million grant the Texas Military Preparedness …

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Head of Sheppard AFB Support Group Aims to Strengthen Base

Jon Larvick, the new president of the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee, plans to leverage the close relationship between the Air …

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Kaine Supports Base Closures, but not BRAC

Like many of his fellow lawmakers, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) has opposed the Obama administration’s repeated requests to hold one …

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Tenants Fill First Campus at TexAmericas Center

TexAmericas Center, the reuse authority responsible for redeveloping the former Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant in northeastern Texas and surplus …

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Massachusetts Focuses on Improving Bases’ Efficiency

Massachusetts officials lately have been looking at ways to trim the operating costs of the state’s six military installations. “If …

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Community Forms Advisory Committee to Enhance Support for Pine Bluff Arsenal

White Hall, the host community for Pine Bluff Arsenal, on Monday formed an advisory committee to bolster support for the …

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Carter Highlights Policy Bill Provisions Likely to Prompt Presidential Veto

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday reiterated the administration’s veto threat over provisions in the House and Senate versions of …

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New White House Could Advance BRAC, Analyst Says

While the Obama administration’s fifth consecutive request to approve one or more BRAC rounds was soundly rejected in the defense …

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Wind Farms Don’t Jeopardize Flight Training, Former Navy Instructor Pilot Says

Officials and other stakeholders in Corpus Christi concerned about the impact of a planned wind farm south of the city …

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BRAC Reform Bill Is ‘Different,’ Smith Says

While the legislation he introduced last month to authorize a round of base closures includes a number of reforms to …

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ADC Honors Defense Community Award Winners

ADC celebrated the defense communities, installations and their leaders who were recipients of the 2016 Defense Community Awards during last …

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State BRAC group concerned about future defense budget cuts

By Sylvia Carignan scarignan@newspost.com A state advisory group is planning to meet soon with Fort Detrick officials to talk budget …

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Contaminated Groundwater to Postpone Property Transfer by Two Years at Willow Grove

Transfer of the former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove to the Horsham LRA will be pushed back …

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Texas Comptroller Touts Impact of State’s Military Installations

Texas’ 15 military installations contribute $136.4 billion in total output and $81.3 billion to the gross domestic product, Comptroller Glenn …

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More states supporting military base infrastructure as cuts loom

By Julia Bergman  j.bergman@theday.com More states are supporting the military installations within their borders as the Pentagon targets reducing excess capacity as …

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Air Force to Grade Installations on Military Value

With the timing of a new BRAC round uncertain, the Air Force has decided to conduct its own evaluations of …

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Base Closures Needed to Generate True Savings, Army Officials Say

Senior Army officials on Thursday made the case that shedding some of the service’s inventory of unneeded facilities by closing …

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Senate Unlikely to Pass Milcon Spending Package

The conference report for the fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill likely will not garner enough votes to clear …

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House Democrats’ Bill Would Reform BRAC Process, Authorize New Round in 2019

The next round of base closures would be held in 2019 and incorporate a series of reforms aimed at increasing …

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New Jersey Lawmakers Pass Bill to Minimize Encroachment

The New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday approved a measure requiring a state official to intervene when potential land use …

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BRAC Vote in House Gains Moderate Support

House lawmakers on Thursday easily defeated an amendment that would have stripped out a prohibition in the fiscal 2017 defense …

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Senate Easily Approves Defense Bill

The Senate easily passed the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill 85-13 on Tuesday after another skirmish on the floor blocked …

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Region must plan for loss of soldiers

BY LARRY GIERER, Columbus Ledger Enquirer Representatives from the Matrix Design Group said Monday that there is much work to …

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In Wake of BRAC, Crystal City Has Transformed into an Innovation District

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID), created in the wake of the 2005 BRAC round, is marking its 10-year …

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Book Explores Base Redevelopment around the World

A new book of case studies of base redevelopment chronicles the intricate and lengthy challenges community leaders and other government …

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White House Aims Ire at Organizational Reforms in Senate Policy Bill

The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the Senate version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill over dozens …

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Tobyhanna Is Postured to Survive Possible BRAC Round, Senior Official Says

Despite Tobyhanna Army Depot’s positive track record and modern facilities, supporters of the northeast Pennsylvania facility and the region’s leaders …

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DOD Needs a BRAC Focused on Slashing Costs, Berteau Says

A new round of base closures is urgently needed for the Pentagon to handle its growing responsibilities in the face …

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Too Many Bases, Not Enough Air Force

Air Force Magazine, JUNE 2016 BY ADAM J. HEBERT, EDITOR IN CHIEF USAF is spread among nearly a third more bases than …

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OEA Survives Lawmaker’s Attempt to Restrict Assistance Programs

An effort by Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell (R) to limit the availability of a variety of community assistance programs offered …

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Support Group for Pennsylvania Installation Gears up for BRAC

The community support group for Fort Indiantown Gap, a state-owned training site for National Guard and Army Reserve units in …

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Senate Clears FY’17 Milcon Spending Bill

The Senate on Thursday passed a two-bill appropriations package that includes $7.9 billion for military construction and family housing programs …

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House Adds BRAC Ban to FY‘17 Milcon Spending Bill

House lawmakers on Wednesday approved language barring DOD from spending funds to propose, plan for or carry out a new …

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Carter Concerned About NDAA Proposals

Jennifer Hlad, Air Force Magazine Defense Secretary Ash Carter has “concerns” about some of Congress’ current defense reform proposals, including …

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Sub Base Supporters Learned Lessons in Last BRAC

Naval Submarine Base New London averted closure in the 2005 round of base closures, but leaders from eastern Connecticut realize …

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White House Veto Threat Cites Use of OCO Funds, Failure to Approve BRAC

The White House on Monday threatened to veto the House version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill over its …

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Report Recommends Actions to Strengthen New Jersey’s Installations

Two steps that could better position Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in a future BRAC round include conducting a study of the …

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Army to Cover $39M Cleanup Cost at Former Riverbank Ammo Plant

The city of Riverbank will receive a $39.5 million environmental services grant from the Army to remediate contaminated buildings and …

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Senate Panel Blocks Administration’s BRAC Request

The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Subcommittee moved to block the Pentagon’s request to hold a new round of …

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Maryland Creates Advisory Group to Preserve Military’s Role

In an attempt to prepare for further cutbacks in defense spending and the likelihood of a new round of base …

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ADC Congratulates 2016 Defense Community Award Winners

ADC is proud to announce the 2016 recipients of its Defense Community Awards. Winners will be recognized during the 2016 …

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Georgia House Forms BRAC Committee

The Georgia House last week formed a 15-member study committee to identify ways to safeguard the state’s military installations in …

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Smith Makes Case for Rightsizing Defense Infrastructure

Language prohibiting the Defense Department from launching a new round of base closures appears to have survived the House Armed …

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Smith to Introduce Base Closure Plan

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) has crafted a plan to allow the Defense Department to shed excess infrastructure that would follow …

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Wittman Says He Remains Open to DOD’s BRAC Request

Despite inserting an ironclad ban on the Pentagon launching a BRAC round in 2019 in his panel’s portion of the …

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In the Face of Opposition, Smith Vows to Advance Pentagon’s BRAC Request

DOD’s new analysis of excess capacity failed to persuade one of its key targets, House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry …

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Readiness Subcommittee Retains Ban on BRAC

The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee dismisses the Obama administration’s latest request to hold a BRAC round in 2019, according …

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Armbrust to Step Down as Director of Kansas Military Council

After serving as the executive director of the Kansas Governor’s Military Council for the past 12 years, John Armbrust will …

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Thornberry Rejects Pentagon’s Latest Case for BRAC

The Defense Department’s new analysis of its excess capacity may provide ammunition for top officials to press the case for …

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DOD Analysis Reveals Significant Excess Capacity in Army, Air Force Facilities

About one-third of Army and Air Force infrastructure is excess to those services’ needs, according to a broad capacity analysis …

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Senate Advances FY’17 Milcon Spending Bill to Floor

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved spending $7.9 billion on military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2017, …

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House Appropriators Want to Accelerate Cleanup at BRAC Sites

House Appropriators added $25 million to the administration’s fiscal 2017 budget request for the cleanup of installations closed during past …

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BRAC off the Table, Ayotte Declares

At the outset of her panel’s budget hearing Tuesday, Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), chair of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and …

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New York Lawmakers Add $3M to State Budget to Preserve Installations

New York’s 2016-2017 budget will include $3 million to strengthen military facilities in the state in the face of a …

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Army Rethinking Model for Delivering Installation Support Services

The Army has launched a formal effort to consider a new model for providing installation support services with the aim …

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Congress to Hold off New Base Closures for Now, Colorado Lawmaker Says

The leadership of the House Armed Services Committee remains opposed to DOD’s request for a new BRAC round, said Colorado …

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Michigan Looks to Economic Study to Help Grow Defense Presence

A study sponsored by the Michigan Defense Center is expected to shape state efforts to preserve its Army and Air …

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Another Push for BRAC

Will Skowronski The Air Force “needs” another round of base realignment and closure, Miranda Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the …

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Amid Budget Cuts, Installations Look for Creative Ways to Support Army Missions, Hammack Says

The combination of growing mission requirements and sharp funding constraints has forced the Army to find ways to manage its …

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New Army Analysis Reveals Higher Excess Capacity Figure

The Army believes that up to 33 percent of its infrastructure could be excess to its needs by fiscal 2019 …

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State Funds to Support Construction at Goodfellow, Laughlin Air Bases

Grants awarded last week by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) will be used to renovate the International Training Center …

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Language Cluster Fuels Monterey’s Case for Retaining Defense Missions

By the early 1990s, leaders in Monterey, Calif., started branding the region as the “Language Capital of the World,” to …

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Maryland Allocating $93M to Expand Corridor outside Ft. Meade

The state of Maryland will invest $93.2 million in construction projects designed to alleviate congestion on one of the primary …

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Pennsylvania Lawmaker Questions DOD’s Request for Base Closures

Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster (R) has asked Defense Secretary Ash Carter to justify the Pentagon’s request to hold a BRAC …

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Five Texas Communities Collect $15.5M to Strengthen Local Bases

The state of Texas on Thursday awarded $15.5 million to five Texas communities for infrastructure projects and other initiatives intended …

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St. Louis Site Chosen over Scott AFB Location for Mapping Agency Headquarters

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) last week opted to build its new $1.6 billion western headquarters in North St. Louis, …

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Deadline Extended for Defense Community Awards Nominations

There still is time to recognize the accomplishments of defense communities and their installations. ADC has extended the nominations deadline …

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BRAC Cleanup Funding Stuck on Downward Trajectory

Funding to clean up installations closed during the first five BRAC rounds is on course to continue a steady decline …

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Consolidation Offers Potential Solution for Replacing Aging Guard, Reserve Facilities

Many of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve facilities are aging and need to be replaced, top DOD officials told …

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Initiative to Combat Encroachment at NAS Oceana Earns Award for Virginia Beach

YesOceana, Virginia Beach’s innovative program to roll back encroachment threatening Naval Air Station Oceana, has been named a co-winner in …

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Congress Fails to Appreciate How the BRAC Ban Is Hurting Communities, Analyst Says

Over the past four years, lawmakers have come up with multiple reasons to reject the Pentagon’s request to hold one …

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Members of New York’s Congressional Delegation Oppose BRAC

Two New York lawmakers said they will oppose a new round of base closures, partially to protect installations such as …

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DOD Activities Reoccupied Some Leased Space Vacated after Last BRAC Round, GAO Finds

DOD organizations reoccupied about 1.1 million square feet of leased space in the Washington, D.C., region that had been vacated …

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Bill to Boost Job Growth at Former Army Post Advances in Alabama Senate

Legislation providing companies that hire 50 or more new workers at the former Fort McClellan a break on their payroll …

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DOD Looks to Replicate European Consolidation in the U.S.

Installation officials testifying last year about the Pentagon’s request for a new BRAC round were eager to tell Congress about …

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Sub Base’s Improved Standing Will Pay off in Future BRAC, Connecticut Official Says

Several factors should make it less likely that Naval Submarine Base New London is targeted for closure in the next …

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Braves, Marlins to Play at Ft. Bragg on July 4 Weekend

A celebration of the nation’s 240th birthday will come a day early to Fort Bragg this year, as the post …

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Georgia House to Seek Ways to Prevent Base Closings

Staff Report From Georgia CEO Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 The Georgia House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to seek ways …

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Army Consolidation Effort Helps Reduce Cost of Carrying Excess Infrastructure

While the Defense Department continues to push for a new BRAC round as the most effective way to deal with …

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BRAC Represents Key Component of Pentagon’s Efficiency Drive, DOD Official Says

A new BRAC round could save the Defense Department as much as 25 percent of the cost of some missions, …

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Mississippi Governor Supports Security Project at Keesler AFB

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has asked the state Legislature to allocate $15 million from the state’s share of the …

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Ballentine Offers Forceful Defense of Pentagon’s BRAC Request

Defending the administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2019 at last week’s hearing of the House Military Construction Appropriations …

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Georgia Lawmakers Gear up for Possible BRAC

The Georgia House last week voted unanimously to form a study committee to identify ways to preserve the state’s military …

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Excess Capacity Little Changed since Last BRAC, DOD Installations Official Says

Excess capacity throughout DOD likely stands at about 20 percent, Pete Potochney, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations …

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BRAC Round Would Free up Funding for Enduring Facilities, James Says

At a hearing Wednesday of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James pointed to the extra …

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Wittman Cautions against Relying on Outdated Excess Capacity Estimates

Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, appears to be as anxious as defense communities are …

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Impact of Shortchanging Facilities Adds Up, Army Says

Installation support has suffered severe cuts in the wake of the Budget Control Act spending caps first imposed in 2013. …

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James Reminds Congress that Air Force Needs a BRAC Round

In case there was any lingering doubt, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on Friday underscored her service’s growing impatience …

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Community

In Moody’s defense: Officials support base

By Jennifer Dandron jennifer.dandron@gaflnews.com VALDOSTA — State and local officials are preparing for the threat of another round of a …

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Georgia House Committee Begins Statewide Review of Base Support Efforts

A 15-member study committee formed by the Georgia House to help the state’s defense communities prepare for a future BRAC …

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ADC’s Fall Conference to Address Redevelopment Issues at Active, Closed Bases

ADC will hold its first Installation Reuse Forum in October to discuss redevelopment issues affecting both active and closed installations. …

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TOP GEORGIA OFFICIALS MEET TO DISCUSS MILITARY AFFAIRS AT MUSEUM OF AVIATION

By: Michael Warrick Submitted: 08/10/2016 – 7:05pm ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – 21st Century Partnership hosted a committee meeting on …

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New Robins defender had a varied career

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW wcrenshaw@macon.com Dan Penny doesn’t have the rank of his two predecessors at the 21st Century Partnership, but …

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New training center shows commitment to veterans, official says

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW, The Telegraph WARNER ROBINS Several prominent people spoke at Tuesday’s opening of a new veterans training center, …

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Final workshops, graduation being held for employment skills program

The Middle Georgia Regional Commission Workforce Development Department is holding the final workshops and graduation for its E3 Career Jumpstart …

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Pentagon seeks smooth transition for Tricare contracts

Patricia Kime, Military Times2:23 p.m. EDT July 27, 2016 The Defense Health Agency has taken steps to ensure that Tricare …

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21st Century Partnership names new Executive Director

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. – The 21st Century Partnership announced today the appointment of Col. (ret.) Daniel (Dan) Penny as a …

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Veteran training center opens next week

Karli Barnett, WMAZ 9:20 AM. EST July 25, 2016 For many who serve our country, coming home is where the real …

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A Growing Number of State Programs Benefit Veteran Entrepreneurs

by Rex Caswell, Military.com A growing number of states are encouraging entrepreneurship among veterans by either waiving or steeply discounting …

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Vets will see same cost-of-living hike as Social Security in 2017

 Leo Shane III, Military Times Veterans benefits will match the Social Security cost-of-living increase in 2017, thanks to a measure …

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RAND Report Offers Insight into the Wealth of Installation-Community Partnerships

Association of Defense Communities, Mission Support/Community Partnerships, Dan Cohen Partnerships between military installations and neighboring communities can produce a variety of …

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Emergency Responders train for disaster situation at Airport

The Middle Georgia Regional Airport will host a disaster scenario training with emergency response agencies from the central Georgia area …

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Blackbird Day, SR-71 Celebration at Museum of Aviation, July 30, 2016

Mark your calendar for Blackbird Day! Come meet the men who set the World Absolute Speed Record, along with other …

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Doolittle Institute Awarded State Grant

  WALTON BEACH, Fla., July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — This week, Governor Rick Scott announced that $1.8 million was awarded through …

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Student leaders learn about airport’s economic impact

For most people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of an airport…is flying! But the operations …

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Senate Easily Approves Defense Bill

The Senate easily passed the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill 85-13 on Tuesday after another skirmish on the floor blocked …

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White House Criticizes Spending Bill over Reliance on OCO Funds

The White House on Tuesday threated to veto the House’s $576 billion defense spending billion primarily over the measure’s use …

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Recovery from Ft. Benning Cuts Requires Comprehensive Economic Development Effort

There are a variety of measures the region around Columbus, Ga., as well as the state, should pursue to help …

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Defense contracts awarded on 13 June 2016

Pyrotechnic Specialties Inc., Byron, Georgia (FA8213-16-D-0005); and Amtec Corp., doing business as Tech Ord, Clear Lake, South Dakota (FA8213-16-D-0006), have …

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Thunderbirds Show Returns, Team Honors Fallen Angel

Air Force Magazine The Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team has resumed flying operations and will participate in its first …

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31st Annual Auction, Raffle & Taste of Local Cuisine – Saturday, July 23, 2016

Get your tickets for one of the most enjoyable evening events in Middle Georgia; AND, help support the Museum of …

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Volunteers needed for the 27th Annual Georgia Invitational

The 27th Annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament will be held September 15 and 16, 2016 at the Pine Oaks Golf …

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Hill AFB has $3.3 Billion Economic Impact on Utah

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — A new report says Hill Air Force Base pumped nearly $3.3 billion into Utah’s economy in 2015. …

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Georgia Delegation Highlights Importance of Robins Air Force Base

Hosts first annual Robins Air Force Base Congressional breakfast to promote military, economic value of base  WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators …

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Georgia Annual Young Astronauts’ Day Coming May 7th

Museum of Aviation What’s Happening page The National STEM Academy at the Museum of Aviation will be hosting the 27th …

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More acts sign on for Thunder over Georgia Air Show

4/19/2016 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. The Army Black Daggers, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), and Randy Ball and his MIG-17F …

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Urban Redevelopment Plan feedback sought

Macon-Bibb County and the Middle Georgia Regional Commission are updating the city’s Urban Redevelopment Plan to determine strategies to address …

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FORMER HOTEL TURNED SHELTER FOR HOMELESS VETERANS OPENS IN MACON

BY ERIC MOCK, WGXA George Brown is a retired major of the Marine Corps. He opened what once was a …

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MUSEUM OF AVIATION NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

The Museum of Aviation is looking for individuals who would like to spend four hours each week working as a …

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Retired Robins Colonel Named Director of Veterans training center

by Wayne Crenshaw, The Telegraph   A retired Robins Air Force Base colonel will serve as the director of the …

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21st Century Partnership seeks leader, funds

Karli Barnett, WMAZ Robins Air Force Base employs 23,000 people.  With an economic impact of $ 2.75 billion, central Georgia …

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Air Force might build innovation center near Robins

BY WAYNE CRENSHAWwcrenshaw@macon.comThe center could cost up to $40 million, most of it to pay for high-tech equipment to develop …

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2016 RO&PEO to highlight requirements, acquisition

BY JENNY GORDON Senior leaders from Air Force Materiel Command will participate in the annual 2016 Program Executive Officer Review …

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Recognize Your Community, Local Leadership through Defense Community Awards Program

ADC has opened the nominations process for the 2016 Defense Community Awards program. The awards highlight the accomplishments of defense …

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Museum of Aviation Restores Combat Airplane Flown in Vietnam

BY BECKY PURSERbpurser@macon.com  WARNER ROBINS — Museum of Aviation restoration specialists are putting back together an F-100D Super Sabre airplane …

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Yulista Aviation moves into hangar at Middle Georgia Regional Airport

New jobs and industry are coming to the region thanks to a partnership between Macon-Bibb County, the Macon-Bibb County Industrial …

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Perdue makes first official visit to Robins

Global security and the nation’s debt crisis were top concerns addressed by U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., during a visit …

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Fort Walton Beach, Fla. recognized for awarding grants to veteran-owned businesses

By Heath Druzin, Stars and Stripes A small city in Florida that hosted a veteran-focused entrepreneurial program is now ranked as one …

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Veterans Would Receive Free Public Education under Massachusetts Bill

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Legislation introduced in the Massachusetts House would eliminate any gaps in federal G.I. benefits allowing veterans to …

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VA Initiative to Expand Employment, Education Opportunities at the Community Level

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The Department of Veterans Affairs is doubling the number of communities it will include in a program …

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Tech Expo slated for Oct. 20

The 78th Air Base Wing Communication Directorate is partnering with Air Force Reserve Command, the 116th Air Control Wing, the …

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Arkansas Governor Establishes Panel to Promote State’s Military Installations

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Monday created a committee to support and promote the state’s military installations and related …

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OEA Grant to Fund Workforce Diversification Effort in Southwest Ohio

The Dayton, Ohio, region has been awarded a $7.0 million grant by DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment to help diversify …

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Boeing to convert its Macon military plant to a commercial airplane facility

By Linda Morris, Posted on www.macon.com The Boeing Co. will invest $81.7 million to convert its existing military facility in …

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Long-awaited dredging begins in Savannah River’s outer channel

By: Mary Carr Mayle Posted on www.businesssavannah.com The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey vessel Georgia left the docks at …

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Local Initiative Provides Pennsylvania Depot Opportunity for Expansion

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Local leaders and officials from Tobyhanna Army Depot last month celebrated the transfer of a 40-acre parcel …

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Departures Slated to Begin Shortly at Ft. Benning

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Less than two months after the Army outlined a restructuring plan for shrinking its active-duty end strength …

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New Year Ushers in New Funding for Texas Program Supporting Installations

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org With state funding to help support local installations available for the first time in years, defense communities …

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The Telegraph: Robins AFB buffer project heading toward 300 property buys

… Several Georgia and county agencies have agreed that they want to reduce the number of people who live in …

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Charlie Stenner on the 21st Century Partnership

CEO of the 21st Century Partnership Charlie Stenner talks about the Partnership and what it does to advocate for Robins …

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B-17 vets honored as museum displays pieces of ‘Miss Liberty Belle’

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW WARNER ROBINS — The Museum of Aviation on Friday celebrated an event that was 33 years in …

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Fruge-Cirilli elected as Association Old Crows National President

ELECTION RESULTS: AOC 2015 Board of Directors The AOC would like to sincerely thank those of you who participated in …

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Georgia GUARD Initiative – Meeting Information

GUARD Initiative – Meeting Information The Guard Initiative is the umbrella effort by the State of Georgia to protect DoD …

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State tax break helps keep military retirees in Ohio

By Barrie Barber and Jim Otte, Dayton Daily News, Ohio DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — State efforts to attract military …

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S.C. Legislature Approves Seven Bills Aiding Service Members, Veterans

A measure establishing a committee to assess the state’s delivery of veterans services was one of seven bills the South …

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Air Force Birthday celebration slated for Sept. 19

The 68th Anniversary Air Force Ball will take place Sept. 19 at the Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight hangar. …

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State Lawmakers Eye Military Retirees

Note from the editor: Robins AFB retiree payroll was $699M in FY14, the highest ever, according to the base’s economic impact …

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Odierno Remains Anxious over Army’s Declining End Strength

Posted on defensecommunities.com Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno on Wednesday warned that the service risks sacrificing its long-term …

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At Chattanooga remembrence, SecDef vows to protect troops

By Andrew Tilghman, Staff writer, Posted on www.airforcetimes.com CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — One month after the fatal shooting of four Marines …

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ACC: High op tempo is taking a toll on airmen

By Phillip Swarts, Staff writer Last year saw 18,745 Air Combat Command airmen deploy to 101 countries in support of U.S. …

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Base POW/MIA recognition ceremony Sept. 17

Team Robins will remember and honor the sacrifice of America’s prisoners of war and those missing in action during the …

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Museum of Aviation announces date of B-17 arrival in Warner Robins

On Aug. 21 people in Warner Robins will have a chance to see a historic World War II airplane rolling …

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Ocmulgee Monument, threats to freedom among topics at Coffee with Congressmen event

U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop and Austin Scott joined members of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning for …

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AFMC commander highlights new AFMC mission/vision, family

Without a culture of respect and resilience, Airmen can’t carry forward the Air Force’s core missions of air and space …

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Atlanta to Launch Planning Process for Remaining Acreage at Ft. McPherson

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org With the sale of about two-thirds of the former Fort McPherson to filmmaker Tyler Perry complete, the …

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Defense secretary calls for review of security policies

By Kevin Freking, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has reminded the military service chiefs that …

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Savannah port dredging ‘shifts into high gear’ with September dig date

By Greg Bluestein, Posted on www.AJC.com The $706 million deepening of Savannah’s harbor and waterway is set to begin in September …

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Services to Consider Additional Force Protection Measures in Wake of Tennessee Shootings

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has approved “immediate force protection steps” following last week’s shootings in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed four …

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Solar Project at Robins AFB Falls behind Schedule

Plans to develop a 10-megawatt solar array at Robins Air Force Base through an enhanced use lease have fallen behind …

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‘Battle’ against future budget cuts to Army, Fort Benning under way

BY TONY ADAMS tadams@ledger-enquirer.com The way Brian Anderson sees it, now is not a moment for taking a deep breath …

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Correction

A story in Wednesday’s Telegraph about the state House District 146 candidate forum incorrectly identified the chamber of commerce. It …

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*Event Reminder* VA secretary coming to Macon

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW wcrenshaw@macon.com Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald will be in Macon on July 1 and veterans …

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Changing of the Guard: New commanders scheduled to take reins of base units

There will be several leadership changes happening across Robins Air Force Base in the next few weeks. 461st Air Control …

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Officials say deeply personal information in hackers’ hands

By KEN DILANIAN and TED BRIDIS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Deeply personal information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military …

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Flying Fortress hopes led Air Force retiree to Museum of Aviation

WARNER ROBINS — A lot of people are excited about a B-17 bomber finally coming to the Museum of Aviation …

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Central Ga. leaders travel to Tinker for Air Force ceremony

By Lorra Lynch-Jones, Posted on www.13wmaz.com Several leaders in the Robins Air Force Base community flew to Tinker Air Force …

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Museum of Aviation confirms B-17 coming in August

WARNER ROBINS — The Museum of Aviation expects to get a long-sought prize later this summer. Click to Continue »

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FireStarter Entrepreneur Initiative

Flint Energies, in conjunction with local Chambers of Commerce and the State of Georgia’s Small Business Week, has created the FireStarter Entrepreneur …

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Florida Approves Solar Farms at Three Military Airfields

The Florida Public Service Commission on Thursday approved Gulf Power’s plans to build a total of 120 megawatts of solar …

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Commanders give community overall view at State of the Base event

Robins Air Force Base leadership took to the stage April 8 as part of a Robins State of the Base …

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New scorecard shows 10-year progress of the Macon Now initiative

To celebrate the 10th year of an economic development initiative called Macon Now, the Macon Economic Development Commission and the …

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Darius Rucker to perform for Independence Day Celebration

Darius Rucker will be the performer for the 33rd annual Warner Robins Independence Day Celebration on July 3. Col. Chris …

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DOD Intervention Needed to Fully Leverage Partnership Authorities, Paper Says

The military services are increasingly relying on public-private and public-public partnerships (P4s) to enhance the military value of bases and …

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State settles whistleblower case with former 21st Century Partnership leader

ATLANTA — The state of Georgia will pay nearly a half-million dollars to settle a woman’s claims that she was …

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Companies looking to expand eyeing Bibb County

Eleven new projects have been brought to the Macon Economic Development Commission since last month. Click to Continue »

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OEA Grant to Fund Study of Georgia’s Aerospace, Defense Sectors

The Georgia Department of Economic Development is launching a study of the state’s aerospace and defense industries and how they …

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Millennials leaving government over lack of innovation, study finds

By Jory Heckman Federal News Radio If federal agencies want to get ahead of the shutdown culture in Washington and attract …

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AF requirements, Robins future top PEO discussions

Delivering more Air Force capabilities on time and at less cost was a central message of the 2015 Program Executive …

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Students enjoy Dixie Crows Symposium at Museum of Aviation

People stared and pointed as the red and white drone circled overhead. Click to Continue »

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Building blocks to regional economic security

I believe Middle Georgia is truly one of the most patriotic, friendly and welcoming communities that I have had the …

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Not the SAME old song and dance: Robins works with Mercer – shares knowledge, exposes students to STEM career fields

3/20/2015 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Mentoring the next generation of engineers, establishing and fostering relationships, and improving and protecting the security …

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Crows to host 40th symposium

The Dixie Crows chapter of the Association of Old Crows will host its 40th annual Technical Symposium Sunday through Thursday. …

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Dixie Crow EW/IO Technical Symposium XL, 22-26 March 2015, Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins, GA

The Dixie Crow Chapter of the Association of Old Crows is proud to announce their 40th Annual Dixie Crow EW/IO …

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Army Moving Ahead with Community-Military Partnerships under New Rules

Language in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill is spurring the Army to fully embrace an authority first enacted two …

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BRAC Process Would Help VA Replace Obsolete Facilities

Veterans Affairs officials have concluded the agency is badly in need of a BRAC-like process that would allow it to …

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New Group Intends to Serve as Forum for Existing Veterans Providers

A new membership organization intended to serve as a resource for existing veterans groups through information-sharing and increased collaboration formally …

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Legislation

MTSI wins engineering support contract for AATC in US

Modern Technology Solutions (MTSI) has received a modernisation and engineering support contract from the National Guard Bureau (NGB) for the …

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More Problems Ahead for Long-Delayed KC-46 Refueler

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James warned this week of more hurdles ahead — some of them political — for …

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USAF Sounds Alarm on Long-Term CR

  —Brian Everstine, Air Force MAGAZINE Air Force officials are sounding the alarm in Washington on a possible long-term continuing …

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US Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt arrive at Estonia to practise highway landing

The US Air Force Reserve Command’s eight A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft have landed in Estonia to practise landing.

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Deals this week: ViaSat, ECAPS, Seyer Industries

The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has announced an $88m modification to the Network Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) contracts …

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Pentagon Wants Brain-Stimulating Headset to Improve Combat Skills

The Pentagon’s new innovation unit will be testing a high-tech headset to see whether it can make special operators even …

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Marines’ New King Stallion Won’t Have to Borrow Spare Parts

FARNBOROUGH, England — Under the hood of the much-anticipated CH-53K King Stallion helicopter is a slew of smart systems that …

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Air Force Doesn’t Need New Nuclear Cruise Missile, Lawmaker Says

The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee made his case Wednesday for cutting the new nuclear cruise missile …

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Leaving More Troops in Afghanistan Will Cost Extra $3.5 Billion in 2017: Analyst

As my colleague Richard Sisk reported earlier today at Military.com, President Barack Obama has announced plans to keep more U.S. …

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GE wins $1bn contract to develop three-stream engine for combat aircraft

GE Aviation has secured a $1bn contract to continue developing the three-stream adaptive cycle engine for the US Air Force …

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SASC Likely To Agree To HASC’s $18B Plus-Up: Staff Directors

WASHINGTON: Senate authorizers will probably go along with the House in adding $18 billion to the base defense budget, setting …

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US Air Force develops new ISR payload adapter for RQ-4 Global Hawk

The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has developed a new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payload adapter (IPA) …

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MacB and Exeter to provide logistics and system sustainment support for USAF

MacAulay-Brown (MacB) has partnered with Exeter Government Services to provide logistics and system sustainment support for the US Air Force …

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Dems Counterattack On McCain’s $18B For ‘Readiness’

WASHINGTON: The battle lines were drawn today between Republicans and Democrats over the $18 billion Sen. John McCain wants to …

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Lockheed wins contract to supply C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for USAF

Lockheed Martin has been contracted by the US Air Force (USAF) Life Cycle Management Center’s Mobility Directorate to supply 78 …

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Senate Appropriations Bill Would Cut End Strength

—Jennifer Hlad The Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee approved its version of the defense appropriations bill on Tuesday, which recommends more …

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Secretary Speaks With Troops at Submarine Base in Connecticut

Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., where he delivered remarks to troops and took questions …

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Carter Concerned About NDAA Proposals

Jennifer Hlad, Air Force Magazine Defense Secretary Ash Carter has “concerns” about some of Congress’ current defense reform proposals, including …

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USAF’s total force airmen to train KC-46 Pegasus pilots

The US Air Force’s (USAF) Air Mobility Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard have selected a …

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Pentagon Chief Denounces ‘Gimmickry’ in Defense Budget Bill

Defense Secretary Ash Carter voiced his disapproval Tuesday of provisions in versions of next year’s defense budget bill that would …

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USAF Reserve Command receives Block 45 upgrade to first KC-135

The US Air Force (USAF) has received a Block 45 upgrade to its Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) first KC-135 …

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Accelerating Recapitalization

—Jennifer Hlad The House Armed Services Committee wants to speed up JSTARS recapitalization, it makes clear in a report on …

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No Fair Fights for U.S. Troops, Chairman Says

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized during testimony on the defense budget request that the DoD must …

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Defense Leaders Say Budget Request Must Focus on Long-Term Threats

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Senate subcommittee the fiscal 2017 defense budget request prepares the Department for challenges now …

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Media Advisory – Georgia Delegation to Hold Robins Air Force Base Congressional Breakfast in Washington

Attendees include Georgia delegation members along with Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins community leaders  WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny …

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Congressional Panel Questions USAF’s JSTARS Radar Plan

By James Drew, WASHINGTON DC, Military Times Members of Congress have cautioned the US Air Force against “pursuing multiple radar …

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House panel seeks $610B for defense spending in 2017

The Hill.com – Kristina Wong The House Armed Services Committee will authorize $610 billion for defense spending in 2017, according …

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It’s ‘War’ Twixt Appropriators & Authorizers Over RD-180s: Sen. Durbin

CAPITOL HILL: The Senate battle over Russian rockets keeps rocking. Senators Dick Durbin and Richard Shelby sent most of this …

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Here’s the Proposal to Study Restarting the F-22 Production Line

The idea of restarting the F-22 production line gained some traction on Tuesday when Republicans on the House Armed Services …

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Georgia Lawmakers Aim to Offer Military Hospitality

By MAGGIE LEEmlee@macon.com ATLANTA — As the state Legislature gears down for the year, it’s made a couple of moves …

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New JSTARS Could Begin Testing in 2021, Welsh Says

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said the replacement for the service’s aging ground surveillance plane could …

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Fiscal ’17 Budget Request Starts to Fund Defense Needs, Chairman Says

The fiscal year 2017 defense budget request is a good start toward maintaining a military capable of winning today’s wars …

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Watch Live at 9:30 a.m. EST: Pacom, U.S. Forces Korea Commanders to Testify at Budget Hearing

The commanders of U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea testify at a Senate committee hearing reviewing the fiscal year …

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Cruz Wants $750B For Defense: Boost Services, Not Special Ops

Ted Cruz now leads Donald Trump in at least some national polls. So when the senator offered a fairly detailed …

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Department of Defense Press Briefing by Deputy Secretary Work and Gen. Selva on the FY 2017 Defense Department Budget Request in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE BOB WORK:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Thanks for joining us as we roll out the FY 2017 …

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Budget Request Balances Resources, Capabilities, Vice Chairman Says

The fiscal year 2017 defense budget request represents “the best possible balance of capacity, capability and readiness investments based upon …

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Deputy Secretary: Fiscal 2017 Budget Request Takes Long View

The fiscal year 2017 defense budget request sustains national security and defense strategies, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

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Understanding the Budget Worth the Time

The president’s FY 2017 defense budget request is strategy driven – meaning every capability funded in it is tied to …

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Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Addresses Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Terrorism

President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 defense budget request highlights defending against challenges posed by Russia, China, Iran, North Korea …

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Comptroller: FY2017 Defense Budget Request Seeks Balance

Budgeteers had to maintain balance among compensation, readiness, modernization and size of the force, said Mike McCord, the department’s chief …

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Watch Live at 1:30 p.m. EST: Defense Leaders to Discuss Proposed FY 2017 Defense Budget

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, …

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Department of Defense Press Briefings on the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Budget

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva will conduct …

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Carter Lays Out Proposed Marine Corps Budget Investments

The fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal would invest in assisting the Marine Corps as it faces potential broad-spectrum threats, …

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Carter Details Proposed 2017 Budget Capability Improvements for Navy

Previewing the fiscal year 2017 defense budget proposal, Defense Secretary Ash Carter highlighted for sailors in San Diego the new …

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Three Reasons the 2017 Defense Budget Won’t Be Enough (And How to Fix It)

The responsible path is not the easy path, but there is bipartisan support for a stronger defense budget and ways …

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Watch Live at 6:55 p.m. EST: Carter to Speak to Troops

Defense Secretary Ash Carter is scheduled to speak to troops at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., where he plans …

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Carter Highlights Investments in Navy Capabilities

Speaking to sailors during a visit to the USS Princeton, Defense Secretary Ash Carter outlined plans for investments in the …

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HASC Chair Signals Push For More OCO Funding

WASHINGTON: None of us knows many details about what’s in the last of the Obama defense budgets, but House Republicans …

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Remarks Previewing the FY 2017 Defense Budget

Thanks, David.  Appreciate it.  And good morning, everyone.  Appreciate you being here.  It’s a pleasure for me to be — …

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Carter Previews FY2017 Defense Budget Request

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said there are five evolving challenges that are addressed in the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2017 budget …

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Watch Live: Carter Makes Remarks on Defense Budget

Defense Secretary Ash Carter discusses “A Year of Change for the Future” in remarks about the Defense Department budget during …

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F-35A, LRSB, KC-46 Spark Spending Spike In 2020s: CSIS

WASHINGTON: The Air Force’s top priority programs — the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Long Range Strike Bomber, and the …

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Defense Investors Eye Rising Budgets, Changing Business Strategies

The financial outlook for defense firms is complicated, with growing defense budgets potentially counteracted by outsized growth in other government …

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USAF Reserve Command KC-135 Stratotankers to undergo upgrades next month

The US Air Force (USAF) has revealed plans to begin the first Block 45 upgrades to its Air Force Reserve …

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McCain Loses To Appropriators, Threatens Russian RD-180 Ban

WASHINGTON: John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, believes fervently in the importance of the authorizing committees, those …

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JSTARS replacement programme receives US approval

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the Milestone A phase of the multibillion-dollar programme to replace the ageing …

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Will Paris Attacks Spur Congress To Hike Defense Spending?

Though the president and congressional leadership have a two-year budget deal in hand that was touted for creating stability and …

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Authorization Bill Heads Back to President for Second Time

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday signed a revised version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization …

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Despite Spending Deal, Pentagon Still Must Cope with Long-Term Budget Pressure

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Top DOD officials and defense hawks for the most part breathed a sigh of relief after congressional …

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In Wake of Paris Attacks, McCain Attempts to Exempt DOD from Spending Caps

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday called for lifting the Budget Control Act caps on national security …

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Committee Resumes Consideration of Civilian Nominees

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, appears to have relented on his pledge …

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More Ships Can’t Save Overworked Navy; Basing Ships Abroad Can: CSBA

CAPITOL HILL: The Navy and Marines are deploying at a pace they can’t sustain, says a report released today.And no feasible …

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Five things you should know about the Defense bill

By Scott Maucione, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com After a dramatic showdown, the fiscal 2016 Defense authorization bill looks like it will finally …

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Senate Approval of Milcon Spending Bill Will Not Cut Short Negotiations over Omnibus

The Senate’s planned vote this week on a fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill won’t save Congress any time …

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Senate Approves Milcon Spending Bill in Unanimous Vote

The Senate on Tuesday approved the fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill by a 93-0 vote, wrapping up debate …

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Obama Expected to Sign Policy Bill despite Guantánamo Restrictions

President Obama is expected to sign the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill even though it includes language that would prevent …

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Senate Reaches Agreement to Debate FY’16 Milcon Spending Bill

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The Senate on Thursday voted to start debate on the military construction-veterans affairs spending bill, following an …

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Enactment of Defense Bill Should Ease Blockade of Civilian Nominees

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) this week indicated he would allow civilian nominations to the …

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Potential Remains for Political Bickering to Upset Plans for a 12-Bill Omnibus

Posted on www.defensecommunties.org With topline spending levels established in the two-year budget deal cleared last week, appropriators believe they can …

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House Opts to Move New Defense Bill Reflecting $5B Reduction

Posted on www.defensecommunties.org The House will take up a new version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill this week …

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Budget Agreement Leaves DOD $14B Short in FY’17, Work Says

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The two-year budget deal signed into law Monday by President Obama is good news for the Pentagon …

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Budget Deal Cleared, Next Step Will Be Shaping Omnibus

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The Senate early Friday approved a two-year budget deal that will raise the defense and non-defense spending …

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Budget Deal Trims Bomber, Destroyer, Missile and Drone Programs

U.S. lawmakers wasted little time in identifying which programs to trim as part of a bipartisan budget deal that required …

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Congress OKs bipartisan budget deal, but road ahead not easy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan budget accord Friday that staves off a destabilizing U.S. default, …

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Budget Agreement on Way to Senate

The two-year budget agreement is on course to reach President Obama’s desk soon, after the House easily approved the package …

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Budget Agreement Should Put Authorization Bill Back on Track

The bipartisan budget deal, by raising the discretionary spending caps for both defense and non-defense programs, should provide the fix …

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Budget Deal Gains Support of Defense Hawks

With the prospect of a significant boost in defense spending above the statutory budget caps under the bipartisan budget package …

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View this email in your browser Congressional Leaders near Agreement on Two-Year Deal Lifting Budget Caps

Negotiations between congressional leaders and the White House have produced a two-year budget deal that would raise the defense spending …

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Budget Deal May Be Required to Enact Defense Policy Bill

The next step following President Obama’s veto of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization last week will be an attempt by …

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House Divided: Budget Deal Passes, But HASC Leaders Split

UPDATED Deal passed, Forbes voted “no” WASHINGTON: With hours to go before the House vote on the budget deal — assuming …

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Obama vetoes Defense authorization bill, puts pay raise in limbo

President Barack Obama on Thursday vetoed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, jeopardizing troop salaries and putting in limbo plans …

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Defense Bill Requests Report on New Installations Organization at DOD

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org With DOD’s newly formed installations and operational energy organization nearing its one-year old birthday, the Armed Services …

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First Step for Budget Negotiations is Identifying Offsets

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org One of the first goals of ongoing budget talks among congressional leaders and the White House aimed …

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Boehner Could Move Debt Ceiling Measure Soon

Posted on www.defensecommunities.com Ensuring the nation avoids a financial default looks to be one of the legislative priorities House Speaker …

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‘99 percent’ chance of veto for NDAA, congressional override unlikely

By Scott Maucione, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com The 2016 defense authorization bill officially passed through Congress Oct. 7 and now awaits what one …

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Defense bill passage tees up rare veto showdown

By Jeremy Herb and Austin Wright, Posted on www.politico.com Senate Republicans are daring President Barack Obama: Veto the annual defense …

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Senate Approves Defense Bill ahead of Anticipated Veto

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The Senate on Wednesday cleared the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, setting up …

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Bipartisan Budget Talks Start out Slow

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org Budget talks among House and Senate leadership staff and White House officials have made little headway as …

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Senate OKs defense bill with Army Cyber Command funding

By Wesley Brown, Posted on www.chronicle.augusta.com Funding for a new Army Cyber Command headquarters at Fort Gordon now rests in …

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Drawn-out budget fights hurt US defense communities

By Michael Cooper, Posted on www.thehill.com Investing in our country’s defense infrastructure is critical to sustaining missions, supporting military families …

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Obama: No more temporary spending bills, budget deal needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he won’t sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one …

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President Will Veto Authorization Bill, Carter Says

President Obama plans to veto the compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill over its reliance on DOD’s …

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Congress Votes to Keep Government Open into December

With only hours to spare before the end of the fiscal year, the House on Wednesday approved a short-term continuing …

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Congressional Leaders Prepare for Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

Budget talks among the two parties began at the staff level this week at the White House, according to Democratic …

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Defense Bill Offers Compromises on Military Benefits

The conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill offers a mixed bag for military families, trimming the basic …

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Pentagon Blocks JSTARS Move To Demo Phase

The Pentagon has denied the JSTARS recapitalization program approval to move into the next phase.        

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Boehner’s exit raises uncertainty on budget moves

House Speaker John Boehner’s unexpected resignation announcement sent lawmakers and lobbyists scrambling to understand what the move will mean for …

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Pentagon Warns 2 Million Troops, Workers May Have to Work Without Pay Next Week

The Pentagon warned 1.3 million U.S. troops and 742,000 workers they could be forced to work without pay or furloughed …

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White House, Agencies Begin Prepping for ‘Executing an Orderly Shutdown’

Federal agencies submitted their shutdown plans to the White House in August as part of a new effort to plan …

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Robins AFB

In Moody’s defense: Officials support base

By Jennifer Dandron jennifer.dandron@gaflnews.com VALDOSTA — State and local officials are preparing for the threat of another round of a …

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Union shakeup could impact perception of Robins AFB

Jacob Reynolds, WMAZ 10:24 PM. EST August 17, 2016 The American Federation of Government Employees Local 987 chapter’s leadership was replaced …

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Air Force Buys 30 More Reapers

—Brian Everstine, Air Force Magazine The Air Force recently awarded General Atomics a $371 million contract for 30 more MQ-9 …

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‘Stay the course’: Robins welcomes back Kubinec who assumes command of WR-ALC

By Jenny Gordon, Robins Public Affairs / Published August 11, 2016 ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, …

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Local Robins union taken over by national group

Wayne Crenshaw The Telegraph The national American Federation of Government Employees has taken over the Robins Air Force Base chapter. Local …

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Georgia House Committee Begins Statewide Review of Base Support Efforts

A 15-member study committee formed by the Georgia House to help the state’s defense communities prepare for a future BRAC …

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Familiar face takes command of Air Logistics Complex

Katelyn Heck, WMAZ 5:57 PM. EST August 09, 2016 After two years as head of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, …

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TOP GEORGIA OFFICIALS MEET TO DISCUSS MILITARY AFFAIRS AT MUSEUM OF AVIATION

By: Michael Warrick Submitted: 08/10/2016 – 7:05pm ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – 21st Century Partnership hosted a committee meeting on …

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House military committee meets in Warner Robins

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW wcrenshaw@macon.com WARNER ROBINS A new Georgia House of Representatives committee formed to protect the state’s military bases …

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60 US Air Force Programs Could Be Delayed by CR

 Aaron Mehta, Defense News3:32 p.m. EDT August 10, 2016 WASHINGTON — With expectations that Congress will fail to pass a budget …

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Base Gives Strong performance during Unit Effectiveness Inspection

BY ROBINS PUBLIC AFFAIRS During the last two weeks of July, Team Robins people and organizations were able to demonstrate …

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A Living Legacy: Team Robins celebrates milestone projecting power, still keeping ’em flying

BY ANGELA WOOLEN Robins Air Force Base has been involved in every major war, contingency and humanitarian effort since World …

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Defense contracts awarded on 29 July 2016

Defenselink: Lockheed Martin Corp., Marietta, Georgia, has been awarded a $71,383,146 firm-fixed-price, time and material, cost-plus-incentive-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract for …

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New 21st Century Partnership Executive Director sets priorities

The new Executive Director of the 21st Century Partnership says Robins Air Force Base is in a good place. However, …

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New Leader of Robins AFB Support Group Cites BRAC as Top Priority

The incoming executive director of the 21st Century Partnership says his most important task will be preparing Robins Air Force …

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Global Hawks Pass 200,000 Flight Hours

Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft have surpassed 200,000 flight hours, many of which were accumulated in direct support of US …

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21st Century Partnership names new Executive Director

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. – The 21st Century Partnership announced today the appointment of Col. (ret.) Daniel (Dan) Penny as a …

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Air Force works to keep older planes in air longer

Dayton Daily News WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — First flown in the 1970s, the Air Force could potentially fly the aging …

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DLA tool gets parts quicker

by Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs 7/15/2016 ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Defense Logistics Agency Aviation at Warner Robins has developed …

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2016 Georgia Invitational, 27th Annual Golf Tournament

The Museum of Aviation Foundation is gearing up for its 27th Annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament to be held September …

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Thunder Over Georgia Air Show to include warbirds

BY TANNYR WATKINS Don’t miss the chance to relive history as several vintage military aircraft take the sky at the …

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New commanders scheduled to take reins of base units

There will be several leadership changes happening across Robins Air Force Base in the next few weeks. 5th Combat Communications …

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OLMA alumna assumes command

djneighbors@thedailyjournal.com9:34 p.m. EDT July 4, 2016 NEWFIELD – When it comes to great leaders, Our Lady of Mercy Academy is …

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Air Force seeks F-16 wreckage in east Georgia

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW AND LIZ FABIAN Air Force investigators are looking for two key pieces of wreckage from a mid-air …

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USAF Unveils First Replacement Pave Hawk

Air Force Magazine. The Air Force on June 28 introduced its first of 21 new HH-60G Pave Hawks built to …

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572nd CMXS maintains propellers to keep C-130s in the fight

In the Robins Rev-Up BY JENNY GORDON If you’re familiar with the Air Force’s C-130 fleet, you know they’re among …

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Northrop Grumman Secures $204M Contract for Global Hawk

  Falls Church, VA-based Northrop Grumman Corp. NOC announced that its unit, Aerospace Systems, has won a modification contract from the U.S. …

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President Nominates First Female African American Three Star in Air Force

  ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga,  June 8, 2016 Major General Stayce Harris was nominated by President Barack Obama to be …

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S.C. Air National guard says Robins AFB is in control of the fighter jet crash site

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) –The S.C. Air National Guard says Robins Air Force Base is now in control of the crash site …

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Marine Reserve Helicopter Squadron Bids Farewell to Robins

BY JENNY GORDON It was a bittersweet farewell for the Marine Corps Reserve helicopter squadron that has made Robins Air …

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Retired Air Force General Becomes DACOWITS Chairperson

  DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 — Retired Air Force Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger takes office today …

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House amendment would add funding for Huey replacement

By DAVID BROWN (@DAVE_BROWN24) The House on Wednesday voted on a raft of amendments to be included in the defense appropriations bill, …

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US Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh Pessimistic About Defense Budget Outlook

  Valerie Insinna, Defense News7:20 p.m. EDT June 14, 2016 WASHINGTON — The outgoing Air Force chief of staff is …

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Senate Easily Approves Defense Bill

The Senate easily passed the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill 85-13 on Tuesday after another skirmish on the floor blocked …

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White House Criticizes Spending Bill over Reliance on OCO Funds

The White House on Tuesday threated to veto the House’s $576 billion defense spending billion primarily over the measure’s use …

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Robins UEI set for July

BY JENNY GORDON, Robins Rev-up Robins will undergo a Unit Effectiveness Inspection July 18 to 29. A team of more …

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Saying Goodbye: Marine unit to deactivate Thursday

by Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs 6/10/2016 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — By this time next week, you’ll no longer hear the …

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Volunteers needed for the 27th Annual Georgia Invitational

The 27th Annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament will be held September 15 and 16, 2016 at the Pine Oaks Golf …

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Speeding Up JSTARS Replacement

A senator from Georgia has proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Air Force …

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      Robins hosts AFMC/AFGE Council 214

by Jenny Gordon 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs 5/19/2016 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Robins was host to the Air Force …

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Congressmen, Sens. fight for Ga. defense priorities

Special to the Journal, Sat, May 14, 2016 U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., were joined by …

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Houston Commissioners dedicate patriotic water tower

   Kristin Moriarty/Staff Reporter The Houston County Board of Commissioners and several guests that included more than a dozen military …

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Robins 5th MOB named best in Air Force

Katelyn Heck, WMAZ The 5th Combat Communications Group puts in hours of training to prepare for any mission that comes …

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Robins Air Force Base: Critical to Middle Georgia, National Defense

By Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Sanford Bishop and Austin Scott Special to The Telegraph For decades, Robins Air Force Base …

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Thunder Over Georgia Air Show

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:  www.robins.af.mil/airshow  

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C-17 Division move makes day-to-day mission stronger

BY JENNY GORDON, Robins Rev-Up The C-17 Division is finally all under one roof following the move of one of …

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RAFB funds one step closer to passing Congress

BY MOLLY WILKINS, WGXA, FRIDAY, MAY 6TH 2016 The defense bill that funds Robins Air Force Base and the military for …

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New DLA contract to improve efficiencies, sustainability

BY JENNY GORDON, Robins Rev-up In an earnest drive to enhance material supportability on the shop floors across the Air …

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House committee’s bill protects C-130 work at Robins

Katelyn Heck, WMAZ 10:54 AM. EST April 29, 2016 Robins Air Force Base could soon earn the title of Center …

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Scott says defense bill helps Robins Air Force Base

BY WAYNE CRENSHAW The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a defense policy bill that is good for …

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Make your voice heard through military family survey

Military Times. Health care? Pay? Commissaries? Spouse employment? Retirement changes? Here’s your chance to let decision makers know what issues are …

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Georgia Delegation Highlights Importance of Robins Air Force Base

Hosts first annual Robins Air Force Base Congressional breakfast to promote military, economic value of base  WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators …

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More acts sign on for Thunder over Georgia Air Show

4/19/2016 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. The Army Black Daggers, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), and Randy Ball and his MIG-17F …

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Media Advisory – Georgia Delegation to Hold Robins Air Force Base Congressional Breakfast in Washington

Attendees include Georgia delegation members along with Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins community leaders  WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Johnny …

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Congressional Panel Questions USAF’s JSTARS Radar Plan

By James Drew, WASHINGTON DC, Military Times Members of Congress have cautioned the US Air Force against “pursuing multiple radar …

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Ten minutes with the new Installation Command Chief

CMSGT EMILIO HERNANDEZ, Robins Rev-Up Editor’s note: Chief Master Sgt. Emilio Hernandez has been at Robins Air Force Base just …

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NEW LEADER NAMED FOR AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND AT ROBINS

By WAYNE CRENSHAWwcrenshaw@macon.com WARNER ROBINS — The Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base is getting a new …

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State Superintendent Recognizes STEM Efforts in Houston County

By JEREMY TIMMERMAN jtimmerman@macon.com BYRON — Two Houston County elementary schools got a visit from the state superintendent Thursday to …

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USAF Officer Nominations Go to Senate

Air Force Magazine ​President Obama has nominated Lt. Gen. Joseph Lengyel to serve as the next chief of the National …

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Robins Air Force Base Cleans up after tornado, severe storm

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — Robins Air Force Base officials say hundreds of crew spent the day helping …

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Dragging Fuel Prices Down

Journal of the Air Force Association Air Force Magazine, Daily Report ​The Air Force and Boeing are searching for a …

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Reducing JSTARS Risk

Journal of the Air Force Association Air Force Magazine, Daily Report The Air Force on March 24 awarded two contracts …

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Retired Robins Colonel Named Director of Veterans training center

by Wayne Crenshaw, The Telegraph   A retired Robins Air Force Base colonel will serve as the director of the …

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Robins AFB Senior Leader Announcements

SENIOR LEADER ASSIGNMENTS:  Effective date not provided BRIG GEN WALTER J. LINDSLEY FROM:   Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Air …

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Northrop, Raytheon Get Contracts for JSTARS Radar Development

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force last week awarded Northrop Grumman and Raytheon two sole-source contracts to mature radar designs …

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AFSOC commander: we trust you

Robins Rev-Up BY JENNY GORDON Special ops can be an essential component of all successful military operations. But, in order …

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In Robins, Heithold Trusts

—Will Skowronski ​Air Force Special Operations Command boss Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold toured a C-130 maintenance line on March 22 …

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Team Players: AFSC-wide effort to create innovation center concept now in research phase

by Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs3/25/2016 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — The concept of an innovation center across the Air Force Sustainment …

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Georgia Lawmakers Aim to Offer Military Hospitality

By MAGGIE LEEmlee@macon.com ATLANTA — As the state Legislature gears down for the year, it’s made a couple of moves …

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Keesler’s Activity Hub

  ​Air Force Reserve Command will add a new maintenance squadron to the 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB, Miss., focused …

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Warner Robins native retiring as top civilian in Air Force Materiel Command

By WAYNE CRENSHAWwcrenshaw@macon.com WARNER ROBINS — Robins Air Force Base is losing a close friend at its parent organization, the …

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Air Force might build innovation center near Robins

BY WAYNE CRENSHAWwcrenshaw@macon.comThe center could cost up to $40 million, most of it to pay for high-tech equipment to develop …

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Everybody Loves ISR

—Jennifer Hlad ​ISR is the “No. 1 desire of the combatant commanders,” and the Air Force is adding some additional …

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TR-X Goes Black

—John A. Tirpak ​Lockheed Martin will formally pitch the Air Force a program to replace the U-2 and Global Hawk …

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US DLS contracts Cubic to deliver personnel locator systems

Cubic Global Defense has secured a contract worth $76.4m from the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Land and Maritime to …

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2016 RO&PEO to highlight requirements, acquisition

BY JENNY GORDON Senior leaders from Air Force Materiel Command will participate in the annual 2016 Program Executive Officer Review …

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Robins has $2.75B economic impact on Peach State

Robins has $2.75B economic impact on Peach State BY GEOFF JANES Robins Air Force Base contributes $2.75 billion to the …

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New JSTARS Could Begin Testing in 2021, Welsh Says

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said the replacement for the service’s aging ground surveillance plane could …

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CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Constellation NewEnergy Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $7,046,395 firm-fixed-price contract for electricity and ancillary services. …

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Manufacturing shop maintains cables that operate on a variety of weapon systems

You can’t fly an aircraft without wires.   Skilled hands from members of the 569th Electronics Maintenance Squadron’s electronics manufacturing shop …

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Bubble Soccer, Doggy MRIs and Other ‘Wasteful’ Defense Spending

Sen. John McCain is out with his latest report detailing examples of “outrageous and wasteful” spending at federal agencies, including …

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Team Robins announces 2016 Air Show, Thunderbirds to headline

It’s official. The 2016 Robins Air Force Base Air Show will take place Oct. 1-2, 2016. Headlining next year’s event …

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Before you buy, check FAA regulations on drones

If your list to Santa includes a drone – whether one of the many quadcopters, camera drones or remote-controlled Millennium …

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JSTARS replacement programme receives US approval

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has approved the Milestone A phase of the multibillion-dollar programme to replace the ageing …

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National defense is our product: 559th AMXS focuses on future, Art of the Possible

To an outsider driving by Robins, commanding hangars and aircraft can be seen from Ga. Highway 247. What they represent …

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Reporting suspicious activity everyone’s job

With the nation being on high alert for terrorist activities, Team Robins is encouraged to be diligent but practical. Reporting …

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51st Combat Communications Squadron exercises its capabilities

It’s all about being ready to go when the nation calls.  For the 51st Combat Communications Squadron at Robins Air …

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Robins completes its 500th C-17, preps for future heavy maintenance

The 500th C-17 Globemaster III maintained at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex was met with great fanfare Tuesday on …

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Don’t worry, 78th CE will keep the lights on for you

Some might think the 78th Civil Engineer Squadron decorated a little early when walking through the doors to its building. …

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DonØt worry, 78th CE will keep the lights on for you

Some might think the 78th Civil Engineer Squadron decorated a little early when walking through the doors to its building. …

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CAE to supply aeromedical evacuation training system to US Air Force

Training services provider CAE will supply an aeromedical evacuation training system to the US Air Force’s Dobbins Air Reserve Base …

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President of 21st Century Partnership steps down

STAFF REPORT, breaking@macon.com The president and chief executive officer of the 21st Century Partnership, an organization that helps protect the regional …

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Turning of the tide

To the men and women of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and AFGE Local 987 at Robins Air Force …

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Promoting a future in engineering with Team Robins

by Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs 11/20/2015 – ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — For prospective college graduates who have studied computer science or …

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DLA Aviation at Warner Robins provides crucial maintenance support, collaboration, capabilities

In many respects, in the world of defense supply chain management, the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Industrial Support Activity at …

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At Three-Year Mark, Air Force Partnership Program Reaches over 50 Installations

Three years after it was launched the Air Force Community Partnership Program is active at 51 installations and host communities, …

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Don’t Delay JSTARS Replacement: Rep. Austin Scott

Posted on www.breakingdefense.com As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a proponent of the JSTARS radar plane since arriving in Congress, …

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Improving Performance, Cutting Costs Should Be Priorities, Robins AFB Commander Says

Posted on www.defensecommunities.org The focus of leaders at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., shouldn’t be to “BRAC-proof” the installation, rather they …

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Sequestration

Yuma Leaders Form Support Group for Air Station, Proving Ground

Business and civic leaders in Yuma have formed a community support group for the two military installations in southwestern Arizona …

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Graham Urges ADC Members to Go Toe to Toe with Lawmakers over Sequestration

Washington — Pledging to go on a “political jihad” if Congress fails to undo the statutory spending caps that are …

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Spending Caps Are Jeopardizing Armed Forces’ Readiness, Vice Chiefs Say

Recent budget cuts and 15 years of war have degraded the military’s readiness to the point that senior leaders told …

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Sequestration Poses Biggest Threat to Readiness, Military Leaders Say

Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps leaders detailed challenges posed by sequestration in testimony before the Senate Armed Services …

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Readiness Gap Continues to Plague Air Force

The Air Force’s target date for restoring readiness to levels that existed prior to sequestration has been postponed once again, …

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Air Force Plans to Shave Civilian Workforce

The Air Force could be forced to lay off hundreds of civilian employees this year to meet funding targets and …

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Unclear How Defense Hawks Can Obtain Higher Funding for DOD in FY’17

Despite the recent budget agreement allowing the Pentagon to exceed the statutory spending caps by $56 billion over fiscal 2016 …

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Atlanta-Area Support Group Aims to Preserve Dobbins ARB

One of the primary missions of the local organization dedicated to promoting Dobbins Air Reserve Base, located about 20 miles …

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Sequestration effects would reach far beyond Capitol Hill

By Meredith Somers, Posted on www.federalnewsradio.com Sequestration effects would reach far beyond Capitol Hill Sequestration would impact more than national security, …

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Senate Republicans Open to Budget Deal to Lift Spending Caps

With much of Capitol Hill focused on averting a government shutdown next Thursday, Senate Republicans say it is likely Majority …

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Senate Democrats Urge McConnell to Begin Budget Talks

With only limited time available after lawmakers return to Washington next month, Senate Democrats this week urged Majority Leader Mitch …

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Member-Led Efforts to Solve Sequestration Yield Little in Results

Lawmakers regularly tout their participation in behind-the-scenes talks to produce a bipartisan plan to lift the statutory spending caps on …

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Obama VFW Speech Rails Against Sequestration

The president reiterated his pledge to veto defense budget bills if Congress doesn’t undo mandatory spending caps.        

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Amid Diversification, Goodyear Continues to Leverage Presence of Luke AFB

The city of Goodyear, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix located close by Luke Air Force Base, is trying to recruit …

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Defense Spending Bill Advances in House

The House Appropriations Committee approved a $579 billion defense spending bill on Tuesday after rejecting a Democratic attempt to overturn …

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Sequestration’s lessons prove elusive at DoD

By Emily Kopp, www.federalnewsradio.com In a new report, the Government Accountability Office warns the Defense Department to record the hardships of …

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Medical Leaders Warn of 2016 Sequestration Effects

The president’s fiscal year 2016 defense budget proposal supports the Military Health Systems’ core values, Air Force Lt. Gen. (Dr.) …

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Future Readiness Requires Investment, Officials Say

The vice chiefs of staff for the Army, Navy and Air Force and the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps …

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How the White House and Congress Plan To Boost Defense: Ignore Sequestration

The House and the Senate may have found a sweet spot for their budget strategies: they’re both planning on using …

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Defense Cuts Harming Readiness; Service Leaders Call for New BRAC Round

Service infrastructure officials told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s military construction and veterans affairs subcommittee Tuesday that budget cuts have harmed …

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Carter: Sequestration Will Make the U.S. Less Secure

The proposed defense budget is in line with fiscal year 2015 projections, halting the decline in defense spending and making …

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Graham Pushes for Solution to Sequestration

A small group of senators, led by Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), is hard at work looking for a way out of …

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President’s FY’16 Request Falls Short of DOD’s Needs, HASC Republicans Say

Funding for national security should be set at $577 billion in fiscal 2016, a level that is $16 billion higher …

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House GOP Splits On Defense Sequestration

CAPITOL HILL: Tensions within the GOP over the mandatory budget caps set by the Budget Control Act burst into the …

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Welsh: Sequestration Harms Aging, Shrinking Air Force

The capability gap separating the U.S. Air Force from others is narrowing and requires modernization to help the service maintain …

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James: In-Demand Air Force Experiences Strain

The Air Force is requesting $10 billion above what sequestration-level funding provides in order to support its global responsibilities, Secretary …

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Budget Hearing to Focus on DOD’s Declining Investment in Facilities

The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee next week will hold a hearing to assess the long-term impact of the steep …

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Sequestration Harms Air Force Readiness, James Says

The Air Force’s readiness edge could slip away if sequestration is not lifted permanently, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James …

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State of Readiness Approaches Troublesome Levels, Briefing Reveals

The overall readiness of the nation’s military has been severely degraded, with units scheduled for deployment receiving a disproportionate share …

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Former Navy secretary talks sequestration, military preparedness in Savannah

The closure of military bases in the U.S. is unlikely in the near future, but shrinking budgets and cuts to …

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House panel leaning toward lower defense budget

The House Budget Committee is planning to cap defense spending at constrained levels required under the Budget Control Act, setting …

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OMB Raises Sequester Warning

OMB has released a report warning that without action during this year’s budget cycle to prevent it, sequestration would return …

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Reaching a Pentagon budget deal: From wishful thinking to reality

President Barack Obama’s sequester-busting budget plan may be just wishful thinking until it passes through Congress, but on the defense …

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USAF needs additional $10bn to meet capabilities’ demand in 2016

The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking $10bn more than what is provided by sequestration-level funding in 2016 to meet …

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Gen. Welsh Defends F-35 For Close Air Support; Hopes Summit Will ‘Reset”

ORLANDO: Sequestration. Base closures. Readiness. Modernization. ISIL. Russia. The list of challenges faced by Air Force leaders is long. But …

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Air Force Seeks $10 Billion Over Sequestration Funding

The demand for Air Force capabilities is increasing, therefore the service is requesting $10 billion more than sequestration-level funding provides, …

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A-10 Tops List for Friendly Fire Deaths

Air Force crews rearm, refuel and ready A-10 Warthogs.(Photo: Alan Lessig, Air Force Times) WASHINGTON — The Air Force A-10 …

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Key lawmakers want to boost Navy shipbuilding plan

The aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and cruiser Cape St. George transit the Strait of Hormuz in 2012. The Navy’s shipbuilding …

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Republicans Go Easy on Ash Carter, Keep Focus on White House

For months, the go-to Republican critique of President Barack Obama’s national security strategy — which they blame for the current …

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The Pentagon’s Weapon Wish Lists Could Disappear

Long live the Pentagon wish list? Lawmakers this year might not ask the military services to send them wish lists …

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Carter’s Confirmation Hug: SASC Shows He May Be A Strong SecDef

WASHINGTON: Nomination hearings are never just about the nominee. But today’s Senate lovefest for Ash Carter was remarkably dominated by …

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Carter: Cuts Make Strategy ‘Not Executable’

Nominee Vows to Give Obama ‘Most Candid’ Advice Ash Carter takes his seat for his confirmation hearing to become US …

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Army Forces to Continue Decline, Air Force to Edge Up, under Budget

The Army’s active-duty end strength would continue its steady decline under the president’s fiscal 2016 budget request, falling by 15,000 …

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Smith Expects Groundhog Day on DoD Budget

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill.(Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images) WASHINGTON — The House …

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DoD Request Blows By Budget Caps in ’16

Adds $155 Billion to Long-Term Outlook The fiscal 2016 Defense Department budget proposal was released on Monday/(Photo: US Defense Department) …

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Sources: U-2 in USAF Budget Request

Technicians work on the U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane.(Photo: US Air Force) WASHINGTON — The US Air Force will include …

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Special Coverage: US Budget 2016

Congress Sequestration: GOP, Dems ‘Don’t Have a Plan’ Sequestration: GOP, Dems ‘Don’t Have a Plan’President Barack Obama on Thursday will …

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US Air Force Launches Trio of Tech Studies

What is the future of unmanned systems? The Scientific Advisory Board hopes to find out in a study this year.(Photo: …

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The Latest National Security News From Capitol Hill

Congress GOP Holds Fire at Carter Hearing GOP Holds Fire at Carter HearingRepublican senators held fire Wednesday, opting against using …

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