Military Facilities Would Get $109 Million In Senate Bill

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says a military construction funding bill approved by the Senate includes $109 million for Mississippi projects. Cochran said Thursday that differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill must now be worked out in conference.

The Senate version would include $10.5 million for bachelor enlisted quarters construction and $4.2 million to construct a new channel at Naval Station Pascagoula.

The Senate approved $16.5 million for construction of housing units, $22 million for a student dormitory, and $175,000 for street improvements at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, while Columbus Air Force Base would receive $412,000 for a housing management office.

Meridian Naval Air Station would get $2.9 million for towers and $9.8 million for housing units. Also included in the Senate version was $5.5 million for a communications and instruction facility at the Naval Construction Battalion Center at Gulfport.

A total $25 million would be provided to replace the fuel cell hangar and shop for C-17 aircraft, and $4.1 million for a maintenance training facility for the Air National Guards 172nd Airlift Wing at Jackson.

The Senate also approved $5 million to fund land and water ranges for Special Operations forces at Stennis Space Center.

Other projects included, $2.3 million to replace the Army National Guards Readiness Center in Kosciusko; $300,000 for planning and design of a new readiness center in Clarksdale; and $700,000 for planning and design for a munitions complex in Gulfport.