- The U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act with an 86-11 vote, potentially leading to a showdown with the House over the $886 billion bill’s final version before it reaches President Joe Biden for approval.
- Florida military bases stand to gain significantly from the bill, with $252 million allocated for Tyndall Air Force Base’s ongoing disaster recovery efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in 2019.
- Additionally, Naval Air Station Whiting Field is set to receive $141.5 million for various construction projects.
- MacDill Air Force Base will receive $131 million to prepare for its transition to the new KC-46 refueling aircraft, while Patrick Space Force Base is set to receive $27 million for a new communications center, commercial vehicle inspection facility, and security barriers.
- Jacksonville’s Camp Blanding, the Florida National Guard’s primary training facility, will receive $11 million for a new machine gun range.
(The Center Square) — The U.S. Senate passed its version this week of the Department of Defense’s funding bill and Florida military bases could receive $582.5 million for construction projects.
The National Defense Authorization Act passed Thursday on an 86-11 vote, setting up a possible showdown with the House, which passed its version of the bill on July 14. The two sides must iron out their differences before the $886 billion bill can go to President Joe Biden for a possible signature.
The most considerable outlay for Florida would be $252 million for continued disaster recovery for Tyndall Air Force Base, which was leveled in 2019 by Category 5 Hurricane Michael. The base is scheduled to welcome its first new F-35 squadron in September as it transitions to an active, combat role from the training base for the F-22 Raptor.
Naval Air Station Whiting Field, located near Milton, would receive $141.5 million for construction projects.
MacDill Air Force, located in Tampa, will receive $131 million to prepare for its transition to the new KC-46 refueling aircraft, with $61 million for new fueling pits, $25 million for a new aircraft corrosion control facility, $27 million for a new hangar and $18 million for a new maintenance dock.
Patrick Space Force Base, located near Cape Canaveral, will receive $27 million for a new communications center, a commercial vehicle inspection facility and security barriers.
Camp Blanding in central Florida is the Florida National Guard’s primary training facility and it will receive $11 million for a new machine gun range.