Federal defense bill has $83 million for Dover base

During a late November tour, Senior Airman Akeem Beazer, 436th Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance journeyman, explains to Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., what maintenance task he is performing on top of a C-5B Galaxy the Isochronal Inspection Dock at Dover Air Force Base. John Greim, 436th MXS Isochronal Inspection Dock coordinator, observed Airman Beazer as he demonstrated the removal of the right wing splice bolt panel. (U.S. Air Force/Roland Balik)

DOVER — The National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate Thursday includes $83 million for Dover Air Force Base.

The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last week, is expected to be signed into law soon.

The measure allocates $39 million for a new hangar that can fit an entire plane and $41.1 million to replace Welsh Elementary School and Dover Middle School, both of which are located on Dover Air Force Base’s grounds.

Funding from the legislation will allow the United States to raise pay by 2.1 percent for military personnel.

“I’m thrilled the NDAA passed by the Senate today contains a number of Delaware priorities,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said in a statement.

“It authorizes more than $83 million in funding for projects at Dover Air Force Base, includes a much needed pay raise for our troops and continues the modernization of the Delaware National Guard’s C-130H aircraft. The bill will improve the quality of life for military families in Delaware and support new construction and enhanced operations at Dover and New Castle in the coming year.”

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