Replacing buildings on Camp Lejeune, N.C., damaged by Hurricane Florence in September and repairing others will cost an estimated $3.6 billion, Marine Corps officials told lawmakers this week. The estimate includes 31 projects covering demolition and new construction — at a cost of $2.0 billion — and repairs to existing buildings at a cost of $1.3 billion, spokesman Maj. Brian Block told Marine Corps Times. The remaining $300 million would go toward replacing destroyed IT systems and other repairs, Block said. Florence triggered storm surges of 9 to 13 feet and dumped 20 to 30 inches of rain over several days, causing massive flooding and coastal erosion and destroying hundreds of buildings on the installation. … DOD leaders have settled on what organizational form the new Space Force will take and now will ready a legislative proposal for Congress, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Thursday. Shanahan would not say, however, whether leaders are opting to create a new military department for the Space Force or make it a component of the Air Force, reported Defense News.
Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez