Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Funding for C-17 Operations Headed to Travis

Funding for C-17 Operations Headed to Travis
By Ian Thompson

FAIRFIELD - Nearly $90 million, mainly aimed at supporting Travis Air Force Base's C-17 III Globemaster operations, is headed this way in the federal Defense Authorization Bill signed recently.

The measure also contained money for improved military readiness, TRICARE military health care for Reservists, a military pay raise and more protection for servicemembers from creditors.

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, lauded the development in a press release, saying the funds are "for our troops and their families, especially those here at Travis Air Force Base."

The Travis funding includes:

- $6.2 million for a C-17 munitions storage facility.

- $8.8 million for C-17-related roads and utilities.

- $8.5 million for a C-17 taxiway.

- $50.4 million for a C-17 two-bay hangar.

- $11.9 million for a fire/crash rescue station.

- $1.13 million for planning and design of a Air Force Reserve C-5 and C-17 squadron operations building.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or at ithompson@dailyrepublic.net.

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