Regional
6:25 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

New Mexico Military Projects Get Senate OK

New Mexico – The U.S. Senate today voted 92-2 to approve a spending bill for 2012 that contains funding for military construction projects around New Mexico. U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman supported the measure.

The bill invests $215 million in construction initiatives that ensure our state has the facilities it needs to carry out its national security mission. All of these projects were identified as a priority in President Obama's 2012 budget blueprint.

"New Mexico's military installations are essential to protecting our national interests," Bingaman said. "This bill funds construction projects that will keep our bases strong for years to come."

The bill contains the following:


KIRTLAND AFB

$25 million for Nuclear Weapons Center Sustainment Center


CANNON AFB

$7.5 million Upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plant

$15 million for dormitory (96 rooms)

$9.6 million for simulator facility

$15 million for Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Facility

$28 million for Apron and Taxiway

$10.9 million for C-130 Squadron Operations Facility

$10.8 million for C-130 Wash Rack Hangar

$41 million for Hangar Aircraft Maintenance Unit

$17 million Squadron Operations Facility


HOLLOMAN AFB

$11.2 million Child Development Center

$5.8 million for F-16 Academic Facility

$4.2 million for F-16 Training Facility

$8 million Parallel Taxiway


NEW MEXICO ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

$5.2 million to upgrade Readiness Center Santa Fe

The bill passed the House of Representatives last month but additional Congressional action is needed before it can be sent to the president to be signed into law.