Robins AFB to get $35M for construction, facility projects

Robins Air Force Base will gain a sizable allocation from the Defense Department’s share of the overall American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was signed into law last month, Air Force officials confirmed Tuesday.

The Middle Georgia installation would receive $35 million covering 77 construction and facility improvement projects, Robins spokesman John Birdsong said. More specific details on the nature and timing of the projects will be released later in the week, he said.

Military facilities in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico will receive recovery act funds, according to a Defense Department news release.

“The primary purpose of these funds is to create jobs and stimulate economic activity across the country,” the release said. “All projects focus on making much-needed improvements to military installations and include hospitals, child development centers and housing for troops and their families.”

The total Defense Department allocation is $7.4 billion — less than 1 percent of the $787 billion reinvestment act package. Almost $6 billion of the defense share will go to construction and facility improvement. The remainder will focus on high-priority projects such as care for the wounded and energy conservation.

“The DoD intends to spend ARRA funds as quickly as possible with full transparency and accountability,” the release said.

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