Cost of Milcon for Modernization, New Beddowns at Marine Corps Bases Proves Expensive

Cost of Milcon for Modernization, New Beddowns at Marine Corps Bases Proves Expensive

The cost of construction projects needed to accommodate new aircraft and vehicles at a handful of Marine Corps bases is starting to add up. The defense authorization bill passed by the Senate last week includes $134 million to build new hangars and other infrastructure needed to support the first F-35 squadrons assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., reports Marine Corps Times. The measure authorizes $200 million in military construction funds for multiple projects at Camp Pendleton, Calif., including a maintenance facility to support replacement amphibious vehicles, a mess hall and a warehouse. Another high-cost initiative is readying Guam to house about 4,100 Marines moving from Okinawa. The Senate bill authorizes more than $340 million for joint Navy/Marine and Air Force projects on the island, including new ordnance storage, dining and housing facilities, and a machine gun range.

Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexia Lythos

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