The Pentagon is planning to reprogram $600 million to repair installation damage from recent natural disasters and will also ask Congress for emergency funding, Defense News reported.
“Our primary challenge is hurricane and storm damage, which we estimate is just under $9 billion across multiple fiscal years,” Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a March 23 memo to the service secretaries. “We understand the effect on readiness if Congress does not approve the reprogramming action.”
Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., suffered serious damage this month from Missouri River flooding, as covered by On Base.
In September, Hurricane Florence struck Camp Lejeune, N.C., causing an estimated $3.6 billion in damage, though that amount could rise. Hurricane Michael struck Florida in October, severely damaging Tyndall Air Force Base, prompting suggestions of abandoning the base.
Tyndall Air Force Base and Bay County, however, began the cleanup immediately, which is the subject of the recent ADC video “Spirit of Resilience.”
Camp Lejeune photo by Lance Cpl. Ethan Green