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VP Biden To Air Force Academy Graduates: Changing World Requires New Skills PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:16

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The military's newest officers need to be strategic thinkers as well as warfighters because the U.S. will have to choose carefully when deciding whether to act alone in the world or build coalitions, Vice President Joe Biden told Air Force Academy graduates Wednesday.

Echoing President Barack Obama's remarks earlier in the day, Biden said the nation "must stay engaged with wisdom and humility."
Obama, addressing Army cadets at the U.S. Military Academy graduation, urged restraint before any new military engagements.
Biden told the Air Force graduates that the nation needs a strong economy, a reputation for defending human rights and a presence in North Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific to remain a global power.
Biden said the U.S. and China can cooperate and avoid conflict.
He also warned of threats from cyberwarfare, extremism, terrorism and corruption.
For the first time, the world is faced with "the use of corruption and oligarchs in the conduct of a sinister foreign policy," Biden said. He did not elaborate.
Nearly 1,000 white-hatted cadets sat on the football field at the academy outside Colorado Springs, their family and friends seated in the bowl of the grandstand behind them.
At the end of the ceremony, the Air Force Thunderbirds precision flying team roared overhead as the newly commissioned officers tossed their hats into the air. The Thunderbirds were absent last year after the military grounded them, citing budget cuts.
Biden joked about his own misadventures as a college student and told the cadets that minor infractions wouldn't keep them from succeeding.
"I hereby absolve all cadets who are on restriction for minor disciplinary violations," he said.
He congratulated the cadets on accepting gay and lesbian classmates and for fighting sexual assaults, a persistent problem in the service academies and the military.
"No man ever has a right, except in self-defense, to raise a hand against a woman," he said.
At his speech to the U.S. Naval Academy graduating class last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also urged the new officers to combat sexual assault.
In brief remarks at the Air Force Academy before Biden spoke Wednesday, Air Force Secretary Deborah L. James did not mention sexual assault but noted a number of upcoming weddings among the 2014 graduates, some to other graduates.
"I hear there's even been some Falcon love going on around here," she said, using the name of the school's mascot.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 14:17
North Carolina To Use Federal Grant For Veterans Life Center PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used by the state to create a facility for homeless veterans. 

An unused state building in Butner will be transformed into the Veterans Life Center, a facility where homeless veterans will find the services they need to become independent once again, according to an announcement from Gov. Pat McCrory's office.
The center will offer health and wellness services such as counseling for substance abuse and mental health and nutrition services, as well as professional counseling services and life skills development. 
The goal of the program is to achieve self-reliance for up to 150 veterans in two years or less. The project will benefit homeless veterans from all areas of the state.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 09:24
Congress Passes $12.3 Billion, 34-Item Water Project Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 16:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending the White House a $12 billion-plus bill authorizing new flood control projects in Iowa, North Dakota and California and harbor expansions in Boston and Savannah, Georgia.

The Senate passed the bill on a 91-7 vote Thursday after the House approved it Tuesday.
The measure is half the size of the last water projects bill passed by Congress seven years ago, before the economy sank into a deep recession, helping swell the government's debt. The bill also is death knell for $18 billion in dormant projects Congress had approved before 2007.
The bill funds 34 projects the Army Corps of Engineers had made priorities. Supporters hailed it as jobs-producing, commerce-enhancing infrastructure bill benefiting a wide variety of interests, including environmentalists, and homeowners and businesses ravaged by repeated floods.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 16:51
Private Money Boosts Federal Public Land Program PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 May 2014 16:44

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of young people will be clearing weeds and planting trees from Hawaii to Vermont under a federal program that depends on private funding.

The government is putting in $1.9 billion of the $6.7 billion for the project that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Thursday. Greg Knadle of the nonprofit National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says most of the rest is coming from Wells Fargo.
Jewell and Knadle spoke at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Some of the more than 600 young people employed under the project this year will be working at the refuge, a grassland park near Denver.
In addition to Colorado, projects are planned in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 May 2014 16:44

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