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.

Liz Ruskin is the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Alaska Public Media. She reports from the U.S. Capitol and from Anchorage.

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