Military to Expand Construction in 2010

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. government will spend $23.3 billion on military construction and family housing in fiscal year (FY) 2010, and some $11.8 billion of that amount will be used to build fitness centers, barracks, child care centers and chapels.

President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 on Dec. 16, which included funding for military construction and veterans affairs, as well as other related agencies.

The Air Force’s share of these FY2010 military construction funds includes $1.45 billion for the active-duty force, $371 million for the Air National Guard and $112 million for the Air Force Reserve.

Congress earmarked $17.6 million to expand the Cadet Fitness Center at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and $23.5 million will be allocated for a fitness center at Spangdahlem Air Base in Spangdahlem, Germany. In addition, $930,000 was allocated for design of a physical fitness center at Andrews Air Force Base, MD.

The Army will receive $3.7 billion for construction projects, as well as $582 million for the Army National Guard and $432 million for the Army Reserve.

Upcoming Army construction projects include a $900,000 physical fitness complex at Fort Campbell, KY, and physical fitness areas for nine Army Reserve units at a new $20 million training facility at the Army Reserve Center in Newton Square, PA.

The Navy and Marine Corps are slated to receive $3.8 billion in construction funds for FY2010, as well as $126 million for the Navy Reserve. A new $12 million fitness center is planned at Fallon Naval Air Station, Fallon, NV.

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