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April 30, 2015 at 6:21am

Military changes a-plenty in bill proposal

Military Times is reporting this morning the following changes or unchanges proposed this morning by the House Armed Services Committee.  They include:

1. Rejection of the Defense Department pleas for another base closure round.

2. Full funding for commissary operations.

3. 2.3 percent pay raise (but not mandated so the White House could lower it - stand by).

4. Temporary war spending upped to more than $89 billion in fiscal 2016.

5. Make the current 20-years, all-or-nothing system to include a blended benefits package featuring 401(k) style investments for all troops (going 20 years or not).

The full House debates these mid-May

Filed under: Defense News,

April 30, 2015 at 3:09pm

Unity Bridge opens Monday

(JBLM release) – Joint Base Lewis-McChord will open Unity Bridge, which connects JBLM Lewis Main to JBLM McChord Field at 5 a.m. Monday.

Unity Bridge crosses over Perimeter Road, which bisects Lewis Main and McChord Field, to link these segments of the joint base.

Construction on the bridge and roadway began in May 2014.

Service members and family members who work or live on either McChord Field or Lewis Main will more easily travel back-and-forth without needing to exit or enter security gates. Additionally, people will be able to transit the base more quickly without going onto Interstate 5, thereby easing some highway traffic.

The Lincoln-Rainier Gate providing access to JBLM Lewis Main will permanently close with the opening of Unity Bridge. Drivers will now gain access to JBLM Lewis Main by entering Barnes Gate at McChord Field, on Perimeter Road.

Filed under: Ceremony,

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