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Shutdown: What's Open, What's Not At Robins AFB

Shutdown: What's Open, What's Not At Robins AFB

Robins AFB projects the following activities on base will be affected by the shutdown:

$3B Price Tag to Bring Gear Home from Afghanistan

By Ton Vanden Brook, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON - A year from now, the Pentagon plans to have shipped home, sold or scrapped virtually every weapon, truck and rucksack it has sent to fight the war in Afghanistan.

It's an enormous task. About 1.5 million pieces of equipment ranging from armored trucks and ammunition to radios and rifles remain for the war that started in 2001. The job is complicated by Afghanistan's rough roads and lack of a seaport. Shipping stuff home will total $3 billion.

"We're looking around and cleaning out the garage," said Maj. Gen. Edward Dorman, a top Army logistician.

The Army, the lead service in the salvage-and-shipping operation, started the year facing a $28 billion mountain of gear. So far, about $11 billion worth of goods has come home and 330 of 400 bases have been closed.

Chamber’s Quarterly Forum Spotlights the Affordable Healthcare Act

Chamber’s Quarterly Forum Spotlights the Affordable Healthcare Act

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Affordable Healthcare Act is the topic of discussion at the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce’s September Business Forum; to be held on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:00 noon at the Chamber (1228 Watson Blvd). 

Guest speaker for the forum will be Ryan Mahoney.  Mahoney serves as Vice President of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Center Competiveness, where he leads strategic development and execution of Chamber initiatives in education, health care, transportation and other areas.  Join us as Mahoney gives insight on the impact the Affordable Healthcare Act has on small business. 

The cost of the event is $12.00 for Chamber members and $25.00 for non-members.  To RSVP, please email the Chamber at rsvp@robinsregion.com by 12noon on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  A lunch will be provided. 

Senators Aim to Enhance Voting Rights for Military

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators want to improve the opportunity to vote for hundreds of thousands of American military personnel abroad. They would penalize states that are too slow in sending out absentee ballots.

Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, say they will seek to eliminate waivers for states that fail to mail ballots overseas 45 days before an election. States that miss the deadline would be required to use express mail to get the ballots to service members.

The senators say the changes aim to improve a 2010 law designed to address widespread deficiencies with absentee balloting. A congressional report estimated that 25 percent of ballots cast by military and other overseas voters in the 2008 presidential election went uncounted.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

House OKs Bill Protecting Sexual Assault Victims

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved a bill extending whistle-blower protection to members of the military who are victims of sexual assault.

The vote Thursday was 423-0 for the measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana. The bill would require the inspector general to investigate allegations of retaliation against a service member who reports a rape or sexual assault.

The provision is already part of a sweeping defense policy bill that the House passed earlier this month. The bill now goes to the Senate.

The bill reflects Congress' effort to deal with the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. The Pentagon estimated in a recent report that as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year.

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House Passes Sweeping $638 Billion Defense Bill

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a sweeping $638 billion defense bill imposing new punishments on military members found guilty of rape or sexual assault.

The Republican-controlled House voted 315-108 for the measure. It covers weapons, aircraft, ships and personnel.

The White House has threatened to veto the legislation because it blocks President Barack Obama from closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and limits his ability to reduce nuclear weapons.

Differences will have to be ironed out between this bill and a Senate measure that costs $13 billion less and would give Obama flexibility in handling terror suspects.

The House bill would require that anyone found guilty of a sex-related crime receive a punishment that includes, at a minimum, dismissal from military service or a dishonorable discharge.

Senate Panel Passes Bill to Change Military Law

 

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel has approved legislation to overhaul the military justice system in an effort to staunch the growing number of sexual assaults in the armed forces.

Key portions of the bill passed Tuesday by the Senate Armed Services personnel subcommittee are opposed by senior U.S. military leaders. They say the proposed changes are too drastic and will undermine the ability of commanders to enforce good order and discipline within their units.

But Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, the panel's chairwoman and the bill's cosponsor, says aggressive reforms in the military's legal code are needed to counter the rise in sexual assaults within the ranks.

Her bill would remove commanders from the process of deciding whether serious crimes, including sexual misconduct cases, go to trial.