Officials with the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB, Calif., earlier this month held a ceremony marking the opening of a new, two-bay C-17 hangar on the base. Known as Building 837, the 105-foot-tall, 102,000-square-foot facility is one of the final pieces in the $150 million worth of military construction projects to beddown the C-17 at Travis. The wing received the first of its C-17s in August 2006. Building 837 cost $43.1 million to construct and is the first hanger in the Air Force to be certified as meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver standards, which denote environmental friendliness. Col. Jim Vechery, 60th AMW boss, described the new hanger as a “wonderful facility” that improves the base’s ability to carry out the C-17 mission. (Travis report by Nick DeCicco)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.