Military

Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
A former Army captain, Robert McDonald would bring a blend of corporate and military experience to a bureaucracy reeling from revelations of chronic, system-wide failure and veterans dying while on long waiting lists for treatment.
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UPDATE: State off to slow start boosting veteran businesses

June 2, 2014
Associated Press
State figures show that about 1 percent of contracts have gone to Veterans Business Enterprises, while Gov. Mike Pence set a 3-percent goal when the push started last summer.
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Veterans Affairs department rejects call for leader to quit

May 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service group, called Monday for the resignations of U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his top aides amid an investigation into allegations of corruption and unnecessary deaths.
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Ohio, Indiana officials explore drone opportunities

April 1, 2014
Hannah Troyer, The Statehouse File
Although Federal Aviation Administration officials rejected the states’ proposal to become an official drone test site, both states are examining what each one has to offer in regards to drone development.
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Pence signs military relief fund changes into law

March 13, 2014
Associated Press
The measure will make about 26,000 Indiana veterans who served in the Armed Forces or National Guard after Sept. 11, 2001, eligible for grant payments through the state's Military Family Relief Fund starting July 1.
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Bill to protect vets from discrimination passes Senate

March 4, 2014
Jacob Rund, The Statehouse File
Indiana House Bill 1242, authored by Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, would ban an employer from refusing to hire anyone because of his or her status as a veteran of the U.S. military.
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House passes bill to end hiring discrimination for veterans

January 28, 2014
Danielle Faczan The Statehouse File
House Bill 1242 would make it illegal to refuse a person employment based on military veteran status.
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Commitee passes bill to protect veterans in hiring

January 21, 2014
Indiana House Bill 1242 says employers could be charged with unlawful employment practices if they refuse to hire applicants because of their military service.
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Camp Atterbury expansion continues despite cuts

January 3, 2014
Associated Press
Some $75 million in construction projects are on pace for completion this year at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury even as it shifts away from preparing thousands of soldiers a year for combat assignments.
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FAA rejects Indiana's bid for drone test site

December 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana had teamed with Ohio to secure one of the highly coveted test sites for unmanned aircraft.
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Logistics call center plans to hire 40 veterans

December 16, 2013
Dan Human
Flagship Logistics Group has begun hiring for a customer support center it opened downtown this month, in a historic building at 429 N. Pennsylvania St.
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Mission shift at Camp Atterbury to trigger 207 layoffs

September 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The layoffs at the end of September will come as the base transitions from a mobilization site for U.S. troops to a mission focusing more on training.
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Rolls-Royce late with key part for F-35 fighter

March 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc was an average of 160 days late last year in delivering equipment needed for the U.S. Marine Corps version of the F-35 fighter to hover and land like a helicopter, according to the Pentagon.
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Mission change for Atterbury may mean new jobs

March 25, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana military institution that has been a training site for thousands of deploying troops is getting a new name and a new peacetime mission. Officials say changes could someday lead to hundreds of computer-training jobs.
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Indiana casts eye toward more defense spending

March 4, 2013
Associated Press
State officials have started an effort to attract more military spending to Indiana even though the Defense Department is facing billions of dollars in automatic federal budget cuts.
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Let the sequester begin: Senate fails to block spending cuts

February 28, 2013
Associated Press
The $85 billion in across-the-board federal cuts are set to kick off on Friday, but will fall into place gradually over several months. The Obama administration has pulled back on its earlier warnings of long lines developing quickly at airports and teacher layoffs affecting classrooms.
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Federal budget cuts would hit military, education in Indiana

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The White House has tallied the impact of automatic cuts to the federal budget set to take effect this week. Indiana will lose at least $100 million in support for the military, education, child care, seniors and services for other populations.
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Study to look at Camp Atterbury's economic impact

October 15, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana National Guard has asked for a study into the economic impact that the thousands of additional soldiers training at Camp Atterbury have had on the surrounding area.
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Romney pitches change for veterans in Indiana speech

August 29, 2012
Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told veterans Wednesday in Indianapolis that he's already started planning how to change veterans' services to help them find jobs during a Romney administration.
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Indiana National Guard opens biggest armory in state

November 15, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana National Guard has opened a new $27 million training facility in Franklin that is the largest of its 65 armories around the state.
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Study reveals military veterans' attitudes about community service

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
There is a connection between military service and civic engagement for some groups of veterans, but the overall relationship is not that robust.
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UPDATE: House votes to kill pricey jet fighter engine

February 16, 2011
Associated Press
The decision on military budget cuts could have a big impact on the Indianapolis operations of Rolls-Royce Corp., the city’s second-largest manufacturer behind Eli Lilly and Co.
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American Legion HQ changes membership tacticsRestricted Content

February 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a move to shore up American Legion’s bottom line, the organization is holding back thousands of new members—along with their dues—from state affiliates.
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State's next economic initiative to revolve around militaryRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indiana economic-development officials are in the beginning stages of forming a marketing initiative—dubbed the Indiana Center for Complex Operations, or ICCO—to market the state’s budding defense sector.
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HETRICK: All I know of equality I learned from RudolphRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Bruce Hetrick
Like Donner, we find ourselves advocating lies and abetting coverups of our good soldiers'; true identities, rather than celebrating the unique talents of every American willing to serve
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