Military Construction Bill Has Money for F35s at Eielson AFB

The U.S. House today passed a military construction bill that includes $37 million  for buildings at Eielson Air Force Base to support  two squadrons of F-35s. They include an F-35 flight simulator and alterations to an operations and maintenance unit. A final basing decision for the F35 squadrons is expected next year.

Also included in the spending bill, according to Congressman Don Young, is  $34 million to demolish and replace a boiler at Eielson’s heat and power plant. In addition, the bill has $7.8 million to improve the fitness center at Fort Greely, a building that Young’s office says dates to 1956. The bill next moves to the U.S. Senate.

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