Alaska to get funds for military projects

Posted: Monday, October 14, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two military bills on their way to President Bush for signature contain tens of millions of dollars in Alaska projects.

The bills would would pay for military construction and for general Defense Department expenses. A conference committee held to smooth out differences between House and Senate versions finished their product Thursday. The House approved the Defense bill 409-14 and the construction bill 419-0 later that day.

The Senate accepted the construction bill by unanimous consent Friday and will consider the Defense bill next week.

The construction bill has $53 million intended to finish the new hospital at Fort Wainright. It also includes $50 million for a mission support training facility, $24 million for an infantry platoon battle course and $18 million for a battalion headquarters, all at Fort Wainwright.

Other projects for interior Alaska include 38 new family housing units at Fort Wainwright, power plant upgrades at Clear Air Force Station and fencing around the missile defense test site at Fort Greely.

The military construction bill also provides $21 million for barracks and $15 million for a community center at Fort Richardson in Anchorage and $27 million for 192 family housing units at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

The $355-billion Defense bill also contains a 4.1 percent pay raise for military personnel.

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