Construction of the new 681,000-square-foot Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center will begin before year’s end at Lackland AFB, Tex., according to officials with the base’s 59th Medical Wing. “This is the biggest thing to happen to the Wilford Hall medical campus in 35 years,” said Rich Anaya, 59th MDW facilities management director. He said the entire medical campus is being redesigned to support the base’s new ambulatory surgical and clinical function that BRAC 2005 established. When complete in late 2017, the center will feature four wings that house more than 40 outpatient clinics and services, along with a 1,000-car parking garage. The Air Force will demolish the existing Wilford Hall Medical Center after the ASC is complete and fully operational. The construction will be in three phases. The Air Force awarded the phase-one construction contract on Sept. 3. (Lackland report by Sue Campbell)
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.