The Pacific Missile Range Facility is earmarked to receive $30 million in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016 on Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, worked to include $444 million for military construction projects across Hawaii.
“The $444 million in funding for military construction projects that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved today reflects the long-term investment that the Department of Defense is making in Hawaii,” Schatz said. “Hawaii has long been recognized as an essential link to the Asia-Pacific region; and militarily, our location, training environment, and knowledge of the Asia Pacific are central to the Defense Department’s strategic engagement in the region.”
Funding for Hawaii military construction projects in the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill is about $16 million more than the House version and $200 million above the enacted FY 2015 omnibus bill.
Hawaii projects include:
– $30.6 million to consolidate the electric grid at PMRF, a crucial step toward ensuring that the base can manage its load requirements to support Ballistic Missile Defense testing and other Navy missions;
– $46.0 million for a F-22 fighter alert facility to strengthen the readiness of the Hawaii Air National Guard;
– $123.8 million for a Behavioral Health and Dental Clinic at Schofield Barracks that will help improve the capacity of the base to help service members get care.