The Pentagon announced June 11 it is restoring $2.2 billion of military construction funds that had been reprogrammed to pay for the construction of a wall on the southern border.
The funding covers 66 projects in 11 states, three territories, and 16 countries. Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby said in a briefing that the funding was unobligated and comes out of a total of $3.6 billion that had been reprogrammed for the wall in fiscal 2021.
The Trump Administration, beginning in 2019, moved military construction and operations and maintenance money to pay for the construction of the barrier. President Joe Biden, on the day he was inaugurated, issued a proclamation reversing the plan and repurposing the funding. The Pentagon, in April, canceled all border barrier construction projects.
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks, in a June 10 memo, said the move to restore funding completes the full Pentagon plan as a result of Biden’s directive.
The memo lists the following total force USAF projects that will receive funding:
|LOCATION||FUNDING (in millions)||PROJECT|
|Florida||$25.8||Fire/crash rescue station|
|Indiana||$9.4||Small arms range|
|Texas||$22||Camp Bullis dining facility|
|Utah||$24||Composite Aircraft Antenna Calibration facility|
|Wisconsin||$10.5||Small arms range|
|Guam||$28.6||APR-Munitions Storage Igloos Ph. 2|
|Guam||$13.8||APR-SATCOM C4I Facility|
|Germany||$15.4||37th Airlift Squadron Operations/Aircraft Maintenance Unit|
|Germany||$1.8||Upgrade hardened aircraft shelters for F-22|
|Germany||$79.1||Spangdahlem Elementary School Replacement|
|Hungary||$13.7||Increase POL Storage Capacity|
|Jordan||$18.9||Air Traffic Control Tower|
|Jordan||$34.3||Munitions storage area|
|Luxembourg||$97.1||Deployable Airbase System storage|
|Slovakia||$59.9||Regional munitions storage area|
|Slovakia||$19.1||Increase POL Storage|
|United Kingdom||$26.97||Munitions holding area|
|United Kingdom||$16.5||Main gate complex|
|Worldwide||$120.9||Tactical Mobile Over the Horizon Radar|