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Military leaders complain about sequestration, Senators aren’t overly sympathetic

November 08, 2013


Top U.S. military officers warned a Senate panel Thursday that automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, will imperil national security and hurt the economies of military-dependent regions such as Hampton Roads. >>READ MORE


Military bases isolate service members from society: make transitions, relationships more difficult

November 08, 2013


In Afghanistan and Iraq, the wire ringing our bases divided two starkly different worlds. Inside the wire, life revolved around containerized housing units, cavernous dining facilities, well-appointed gyms and the distant but ever-present risk of a falling rocket or mortar round. Outside the wire, Afghans and Iraqis tried to live their lives amid relative chaos. They didn’t fully understand what we were doing there. And when we ventured out, we struggled to navigate their world. >>READ MORE


New Report Highlights Economic Impact of Military in North Carolina

November 06, 2013


Raleigh, NC – The military supports 540,000 jobs, including 340,000 in the private sector, according to a new report released today by the N.C. Department of Commerce. The report also found the military boosts the state’s personal income by more than $30 billion.

The study, released by the Labor & Economic Analysis Division, concludes the military accounts for nearly 10 percent of all economic activity in North Carolina. >>READ MORE


Deputy Secretary Ash Carter defends F-35 program at bases that will be flying the planes

November 06, 2013


Outgoing Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has been using some of his remaining days as the Pentagon’s No. 2 to tout the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as a job-saving hedge against budget cuts.

In visits to Western air bases this week, Carter, who stunned the Pentagon last month with the announcement of his retirement, said that DoD’s commitment to the F-35 would protect civilian and contractor jobs. >>READ MORE


Northeastern NC leaders visit PA wind energy site; local governments are considering ordinances

October 08, 2013


“It was a good opportunity to see (a turbine farm) in progress and how it worked,” Pasquotank County Assistant Manager Rodney Bunch said.

Bunch was part of a group of area leaders who traveled by bus Oct. 8 to Somerset County, an area southeast of Pittsburgh where 121 wind turbines are located.

Officials made the trip at the invitation of Iberdrola Renewables, the firm that operates 23 of the turbinesat what is known as the Casselman Wind Power Project. >>READ MORE