Maj. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., Air Force deputy assistant secretary for budget. (Andy Morataya / Air Force)
New dorms, flight simulators and hangars for stealth jets and unmanned aircraft are among the Air Force construction projects Congress has authorized for this fiscal year.
Signed by President Obama on Jan. 2, the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes close to $122 million for military construction projects inside the U.S. and $93 million for overseas construction.
The NDAA also authorizes about $79.6 million for the Air Force to improve existing military housing.
In January 2012, the Air Force announced that it had proposed a 70 percent reduction in military construction spending as part of its fiscal 2013 budget. The service referred to the cut as a "deliberate pause."
"This one-year pause will give us time to ensure proper investment of limited resources in light of the ongoing budget reduction pressures and potential force structure changes," Maj. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr., Air Force deputy assistant secretary for budget, said at the time.
The NDAA authorizes the following construction projects at Air Force installations inside the U.S.:
• Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. — $26 million for a C-130J maintenance hangar and $4.178 million for a flight simulator addition.
• Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. — $14.75 million for addition/alteration to an F-22 hangar for low observable/composite repair.
• Fort Stewart, Ga. — $7.25 million for an air support operations center.
• Moody Air Force Base, Ga. — $8.5 million for an HC-130J simulator facility.
• Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. — $25 million for an MQ-9 maintenance hangar.
• Minot Air Force Base, N.D. — $4.6 million for add/alter to a B-52 munitions aerospace ground equipment facility.
• Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas — $18 million for 144-room dormitory.
• Hill Air Force Base, Utah — $7.25 million for add/alter for an F-35 hangar; $2.28 million for F-35 modular storage magazines; and $4 million for add/alter to Building 118 for an F-35 flight simulator.
Anderson Air Force Base in Guam also will receive $58 million for unspecified military construction projects. The U.S. and Japanese governments are negotiating the move of thousands of Marines and their families from Okinawa to Guam.
For construction projects outside the U.S., the NDAA authorizes $24.5 million for a 48-room dormitory at Thule Air Base, Greenland; and $9.4 million for an F-16 mission training center at Aviano Air Base, Italy.
Lajes Field in the Azores also has been authorized to receive $2 million in construction projects as the Air Force prepares to reduce its footprint at the Portuguese installation. More than 400 military personnel and 500 family members are expected to leave the base by the end of fiscal 2014 as a cost-savings move.
In addition to these construction projects, the NDAA also allows appropriators in Congress to approve $205 million for U.S. Strategic Command's new headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., at a later time. The building is expected to be completed in 2018.