$1.4 Billion Authorized for Army Construction
Congress has authorized $1.4 billion for Army construction for fiscal 2018 plus $529.3 million for family housing.
There are 58 Army projects included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, 34 for the Regular Army, 15 for the Army National Guard and nine for the Army Reserve.
The largest project is the $90 million third stage of a command and control facility at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. There also is $66 million for a new confinement facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and $60 million for the first phase of a recruit reception barracks complex at Fort Jackson, S.C.
The biggest Army National Guard project approved in the bill is a $39 million readiness center in Arden Hills, Minn. The biggest Army Reserve construction project is a $36 million reserve center in Fallbrook, Calif.
While money for construction remains tight, lawmakers added three projects from an Army list of unfunded priorities: $33 million for a Fort Hood, Texas, vehicle maintenance shop; $25 million for an Operational Readiness Training Complex at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii; and $10.8 million for an air traffic control tower at Fort Benning, Ga.
Lawmakers authorized $182.7 million for family housing construction and $346.6 million for housing operation and maintenance. This includes $33 million for housing improvements in Baumholder, Germany, and $31 million to replace family housing on the Kwajalein Atoll.