Without the funding, the Air Force said it will have to defer plans for 61 projects at 33 bases in 18 states, including the proposed renovation of the Special Access Program Facility (SAPF) at Eglin AFB.
EGLIN AFB — The planned renovation of a classified facility could be deferred if Congress doesn't approve supplemental appropriations to fund the rebuilding of Tyndall Air Force Base and the recovery of Offutt Air Force Base, according to Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.
Tyndall in Panama City was leveled by Hurricane Michael in October. Offutt, near Omaha, Nebraska, sustained extensive damage from flooding last month.
"Without supplemental funding now, the Air Force must cut critical facility and readiness requirements, driving Air Force-wide operational risks and negatively impacting the recovery of Tyndall and Offutt," according to a statement from the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs office.
According to Wilson's office, immediate construction, operations and maintenance needs at Tyndall for the current federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, total $900 million. For the next fiscal year, operations and maintenance needs at Tyndall will total $350 million, with construction needs totaling more than $2 billion.
At Offutt, headquarters of the U.S. Strategic Command — with missions including missile defense — immediate operations and maintenance needs total $350 million, with needs for the next fiscal year yet to be determined.
Overall, according to Wilson's office, the Air Force will need supplemental funding totaling $1.2 billion in the current fiscal year and $3.7 billion in the upcoming fiscal year to meet needs at Tyndall and Offutt.
Without immediate action on federal supplemental natural disaster funding, the Air Force has indicated that it will have to defer plans for 61 projects at 33 bases in 18 states, including the proposed renovation of the Special Access Program Facility (SAPF) at Eglin Air Force Base.
Air Force projects listed for possible deferral carry a total price tag of $272 million. It wasn't immediately clear how much of that funding covered the proposed SAPF renovation at Eglin.
Because of the facility's classified status, Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland could not provide much detail except to say that it is associated with the base's 33rd Fighter Wing, a flight and maintenance training wing for the fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet.
However, Bourland did say that the SAPF renovation was the subject of a "construction tasking order" for the current fiscal year that had already been deferred to the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
Eglin's project is one of three Florida military base projects on the list of potential deferrals. The other two projects, involving the base exchange and heating and ventilation work, are at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.