Congressional Directed Spending Requests: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

Signed Disclosure Letter Available HERE.

PROJECTS REQUESTED

Project Name: Planning and Design for Indoor Target Flip Facility - Holloman Air Force Base

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies/Department of Defense/Military Construction, Air Force

Project City/County: Alamogordo, NM

Recipient: Holloman Air Force Base

Address: Holloman AFB Alamogordo, NM

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: This request seeks to increase Air Force Planning and Design funding for an Indoor Target Flip Facility on the grounds of Holloman Air Force Base in order to improve the Air Force's radar cross section technology capabilities. Accurately measuring an aircraft's radar cross section characteristics is a core function of the United States Air Force. Such measurements enable the Air Force to accurately measure U.S. aircrafts' vulnerability to enemy radar and to more readily identify enemy aircraft at range. The facilities needed to enable this research are dated and in need of repair. This funding would support additional Planning and Design for a 34,000 square foot indoor facility housing a mechanical flip fixture with a 40-ton overhead crane needed to accurately measure model aircraft.


Project Name: MQ-9 Formal Training Unit Operations Facility - Holloman Air Force Base

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies/Department of Defense/Military Construction, Air Force

Project City/County: Alamogordo, NM

Recipient: Holloman Air Force Base

Address: Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, NM

Amount Requested: $40,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: This request would support funding in Fiscal Year 2022 for the MQ-9 Formal Training Unit (FTU) Operations Facility at Holloman AFB. The MQ-9 FTU at Holloman Air Force Base currently trains 100 percent of MQ-9 operators and weapons systems officers. The current operations facility that houses the MQ-9 FTU is in a state of disrepair and represents a health and safety hazard to personnel. The project was funded in Fiscal Year 2020 but was selected for deferment to pay for the southern border wall. MILCON funding in Fiscal Year 2022 would address the requirement for a purpose-built facility to house MQ-9 training operations.


Project Name: Expansion of Microgrid Demonstration Project - Kirtland Air Force Base

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies/Department of Defense/Military Construction, Defense-Wide

Project City/County: Albuquerque, NM

Recipient: Kirtland Air Force Base

Address: Kirtland AFB Albuquerque, NM

Amount Requested: $5,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: 

Additional funding for this request will enable the expansion of an existing microgrid demonstration project on the grounds of Kirtland Air Force Base to increase installation energy and cyber resilience. Microgrid demonstration projects, like the one located on the grounds of Kirtland Air Force Base, enhance overall Air Force and Department of Defense readiness by increasing mission assurance while lowering costs to the Department and increasing cyber security resilience.


Project Name: Planning and Design for Dedicated Facility for the Space Rapid Capabilities Office

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies/Department of Defense/Military Construction, Air Force

Project City/County: Albuquerque, NM

Recipient: Kirtland Air Force Base

Address: Kirtland AFB Albuquerque, NM

Amount Requested: $4,100,000

Project Description and Explanation: This request would support the construction of a dedicated facility for the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) on the grounds of Kirtland Air Force Base. The RCO workload has increased substantially since it was established in 2019. To handle this workload, the RCO has expanded the size of its workforce which is scheduled to increase by roughly 15 percent by 2022. Current facilities are insufficient to handle this increase leading to significant constraints, most notably in terms of classified workspace. A permanent facility for the RCO has competed on the Air Force/Space Force's MILCON board for the last two cycles and has climbed in priority but has not reached a level high enough to be recommended for prioritization.


Project Name: Wyoming Gate Project - Kirtland Air Force Base

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies/Department of Defense/Military Construction, Air Force

Project City/County: Albuquerque, NM

Recipient: Kirtland Air Force Base

Address: Kirtland AFB Albuquerque, NM

Amount Requested: $5,600,000

Project Description and Explanation: This request will provide additional funding for the construction of the Wyoming Gate Project on the grounds of Kirtland Air Force Base. The Wyoming Gate project was included in the Air Force's Unfunded Priorities List because it is a necessary element of the base's defense perimeter. The gate will enhance force protection at Kirtland Air Force Base.


Project Name: Planning and Design for AETC Pararescue Training Facilities - Kirtland Air Force Base

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies/Department of Defense/Military Construction, Air Force

Project City/County: Albuquerque, NM

Recipient: Kirtland Air Force Base

Address: Kirtland AFB Albuquerque, NM

Amount Requested: $3,000,000

Project Description and Explanation: 

This request would provide additional funding for Planning and Design work for the Air Force's Air Education and Training Command (AETC) to construct new pararescue facilities on the grounds of Kirtland AFB. Pararescue operations are a core competency of the Air Force's Special Operations community. The AETC is charged with ensuring a steady training pipeline for qualified Airmen with advanced pararescue skills. AETC has plans to construct three new facilities on the grounds of Kirtland AFB aimed at supporting this training pipeline. These facilities include a dormitory for training students, a classroom to house the increased training flow, and an Urban Training Complex for pararescue training. This funding request would provide additional funding to AETC for planning and design work for these facilities.


Project Name: Deployment Processing Center Planning and Design - Cannon Air Force Base

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies/Department of Defense/Military Construction, Air Force

Project City/County: Clovis NM

Recipient: Cannon Air Force Base

Address: Cannon AFB Clovis, NM

Amount Requested: $4,300,000

Project Description and Explanation: This funding would support additional Planning and Design work for a Deployment Processing Center on the grounds of Cannon Air Force Base. Ongoing worldwide operations based out of Cannon Air Force Base require a purpose-built Deployment Processing Center. This project would support a dedicated, centralized logistics facility for the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron (SOLRS) focused on parachute rigging and airdrop resupply operations. Currently, SOLRS pulls from depot inventories spread across the base creating logistics complications for the deployment of equipment and personnel – complications which frequently add to deployment delays. The project is currently scheduled for consideration in the FY24 budget cycle.


Project Name: 192-Bed Dormitory - Cannon Air Force Base

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies/Department of Defense/Military Construction, Air Force

Project City/County: Clovis, NM

Recipient: Cannon Air Force Base

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Amount Requested: $1,300,000

Project Description and Explanation: This funding would provide additional Planning and Design funding for a 192-bed dormitory on the grounds of Cannon Air Force Base. The purpose of this 192-bed facility is to house unaccompanied Airmen in the grades of E-1 to E-4 that are assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. Based on a 2018 Dorm Master Plan, Cannon Air Force Base has a requirement for 916 unaccompanied Airmen rooms for permanent party Airmen assigned to the installation. Cannon's inventory is currently 738 rooms, leaving a deficit of 178 rooms. This facility is needed to satisfy the deficit.


Project Name: Missile Assembly Support Facility - White Sands Missile Range

Subcommittee/Agency/Account: Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies/Department of Defense/ Military Construction, Army

Project City/County: White Sands Missile Range, NM

Recipient: White Sands Missile Range

Address: White Sands Missile Range

Amount Requested: $1,300,000

Project Description and Explanation: This request supports additional funding for Planning and Design work for the Army to advance the construction of a facility supporting test and evaluation of Precision Long-Range Fires. This program is centered on developing technologies aimed at ensuring the Army is able to target and eliminate enemy threats at great distances, preventing U.S. service members from exposure to enemy fire. The Army has plans to develop a Missile Assembly Support Facility on the grounds of White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in order to test and evaluate these critical long-range missile technologies. This funding would support the additional Planning and Design work needed to accelerate construction of this facility.