Military Notebook: House committee shoots down BRAC

May 10, 2014 

For the third year in a row, it appears the Pentagon’s request for a Base Realignment and Closure Commission isn’t gaining support in Congress.

The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which rejects the BRAC request.

An amendment also scraps plans to retire the A-10 Warthog. The Boeing plant in Macon builds replacement wings for the plane.

The act still must pass the full House, the Senate and be signed by the president.

The act also rejects proposed cuts in health benefits for military members, housing allowances and commissary benefits, according to a release from 8th District U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ashburn. Scott’s district includes Robins Air Force Base and Moody Air Force Base. Moody is home to two A-10 squadrons.

The amendment rejecting the A-10 retirement passed 41-20.

“Today, the House Armed Services Committee sent a strong signal that they understand the importance of the A-10C Warthog and the close air support capability it provides is essential to our nation’s defense,” Scott said in Thursday’s release. Scott serves on the Readiness, Military Personnel and Oversight subcommittees.

The bill also includes funding to begin the process to replace the J-STARS fleet based at Robins.

Northrop Grumman makes big donation to museum

The Northrop Grumman Corp. has donated $25,000 to the Museum of Aviation.

According to a museum release sent last week, the company donated the money to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program.

The donation was made by Wes Bush, the president and CEO at Northrop Grumman, as the company held its corporate board meeting at the museum.

The release states the donation is one of many the company has made to the museum.

Last year the museum provided STEM education to more than 62,000 students and teachers.

Deadline at hand for Camellia Gardens Memorial

Today is the deadline for getting in names for the annual Camellia Gardens Memorial Service at Robins Air Force Base.

The service pays tribute to current and former Robins employees who have died in the past year.

Names can be submitted by contacting Staff Sgt. Ronelda Charles at 478-926-2821 or emailing ronelda.charles@us.af.mil.

The service will take place May 22 at 10 a.m. at the garden across from the Horizons Event Center.

A reception will follow at Horizons.

This year the ceremony is a project of the Team Robins Company Grade Officer Council and the base chapel. Tony Baumann, director of contracting at Robins, will give the keynote address.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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