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Nearly $400 Million in Alaska Military Projects Advance in Senate

Helping to provide robust funding for Alaska's military and veterans' priorities, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced subcommittee approval of $357 million in the Fiscal Year 2011 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill for infrastructure projects in Alaska.

The bill still needs approval from the full Appropriations Committee and the full Senate.

At a total of $141.1 billion, the legislation works to responsibly allocate taxpayer money while investing in valuable and necessary military construction projects in Alaska and across the country.  The legislation is $751.9 million below last year's enacted total.

"I am pleased this legislation funds so many vital Alaska projects while working toward a stronger sense of fiscal discipline. These investments will help contribute to Alaska's economy while giving our brave service members the tools and infrastructure necessary to accomplish their missions," Begich said. "As a member of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee, I look forward to swift approval by the full Senate."

The military construction dollars included in the legislation for Alaska:

Eielson Air Force Base:

·         Repair Central Heat Plant and Boiler, $28 million

·         Improvements and Expansion of the Communications Facility for the Air National Guard, $6.5 million

Elmendorf Air Force Base:

·         DOD Joint Regional Fire Training Facility, $6.6 million

·         Add/Alter Air Support Operations Squadron, $4.749 million

·         Construct Railhead Operations Facility, $15 million

·         F-22 Add/Alter Weapons Release Systems Shop, $10.525 million

Fort Greely:

·         Fire Station, $26 million

Fort Richardson:

·         Brigade Complex, $67.038 million

·         Multi-purpose Machine Gun Range, $12.2 million

·         Simulations Center, $34 million

·         Physical Fitness Center Planning & Design, $2.7 million

Fort Wainwright:

·         Aviation Task Force Complex Ph2a, $92.65 million (incrementally funded with $142.65 million fully authorized)

·         Aviation Task Force Complex Ph2b, $27 million

·         Urban Assault Course, $3.35 million

·         Family Housing Replacement Construction, $21 million

The military construction projects were authorized in the National Defense Authorization Act by the Senate Armed Services Committee in May.

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