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