29 Jul 05. DoD Announces Installation Realignment in Germany. The Department of Defense announced today plans for the return of eleven Army bases to Germany in fiscal 2007. Additionally, two other bases are identified for return to Germany in following years. These installation returns are scheduled as part of plans for the 1st Infantry Division headquarter’s return to the United States with its divisional flag in the summer of 2006. Additionally, the 1st Infantry Division’s subordinate units, as well as selected V Corps and U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) units, will return to the United States, inactivate entirely, convert, or be reassigned in Europe to support Army transformation in fiscal 2006.
As a result of these unit actions, certain installations will no longer be required to support Army missions. The Army plans to return the following German installations to the host nation in fiscal 2007, after the fiscal 2006 unit actions are complete: Harvey Barracks, Kitzingen, Kitzingen Family Housing, Kitzingen, Kitzingen Training Area, Kitzingen, Larson Barracks, Kitzingen, Schwanberg DCS Site, Kitzingen, Faulenberg Kaserne, Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg Training Areas, Wuerzburg, Giebelstadt Army Airfield, Giebelstadt, Giebelstadt DYA Camp, Giebelstadt, Giebelstadt Tactical Defense Facility, Giebelstadt, Breitsol Communications Station, Wuerzburg. In addition, the Army will retain the following facilities until they are no longer needed and eventually return them at a date to be determined:Leighton Barracks, Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg Hospital, Wuerzburg, Germany. The fiscal 2006 unit transformation actions and associated base closures will affect approximately 6,100 soldiers and 11,000 family members. In addition, approximately 1,000 department of Army civilian and 1,000 host nation positions will be affected.
03 Aug 05. The Boeing Company announced it is selling its operations in Arnprior, Canada, to Arnprior Aerospace, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Industries, Inc. Boeing did not disclose terms of the sale. The transaction will include a long-term, single-source supply agreement for all parts and assemblies currently produced for Boeing at the Arnprior facility. Arnprior Aerospace, Inc., plans to extend job offers to all of the approximately 370 employees working at the plant. The transaction is expected to close sometime during the third quarter of 2005.
03 Aug 05. Boeing Co. reportedly has reached an agreement to buy the Chicago high-rise in which it’s had its corporate headquarters since selecting Chicago as its new home base in 2000. It will pay about $200 million for the 770,300-square-foot building, according to the Chicago Tribune, which cited a Boeing spokesman. The 36-story building’s current owner is a Florida-based pension fund. Boeing leases about 280,000 square feet in the high-rise. The riverside tower’s No. 2 tenant, Aetna, has 180,000 square feet, according to the Tribune report.
02 Aug 05. President Bush side-stepped the Senate to install John Bolton as United Nations ambassador, short-circuiting the efforts of Democrats who twice blocked the nomination of the State Department official.”This post is too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about U.N. reform,” Mr. Bush said at a White House ceremony announcing the appointment.
02 Aug 05. Senate signs off on several Defense appointments. While the Senate still mulls over President Bush’s selection for Defense Department CIO, legislators recently signed off on several Defense appointments before they took their August recess. Last week the Senate confirmed Phillip Jackson Bell of Georgia to be deputy undersecretary for logistics and materiel readiness, Ronald M. Sega of Colorado as undersecretary of the Air Force and Keith E. Eastin of Texas as the assistant secretary of the Army. The Senate also confirmed John S. Redd of Georgia as director of the National Counterterrorism Center in the Office of th