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Senator Discusses Base Future

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$30.2 million dollars --- that's the amount of federal money on the line for military construction and maintenance would fund three future projects at the Minot Air Force Base.

More than six-million would be used for a fuel pipeline replacement project, eight-million for munition storage and $15.5 million for a new B-52 aircraft maintenance facility --- one that would house the entire aircraft during maintenance.

Senator John Hoeven says no other base in the country does what Minot Air Force Base does --- supporting both missiles and bombers in a three part nuclear mission.

(Sen. John Hoeven, (R) North Dakota) "At a time that we're looking to get the most out of our military dollars, this is a bargain. And I emphasize that point because dollars are scarce. It's about protecting this nation in dangerous times, but it's about doing it with the dollars we have and Minot Air Force Base gets it done."

Sen. Hoeven also toured projects that have been approved in past fiscal years, such as the new $16.3 million dollar air traffic control complex that was approved in 2011.

Minot Air Force Base went from having the oldest control tower in the country to the newest - completed this summer.

Phase 4 of the dormitory addition is also well underway --- approved for $22 million in 2012 and slated to be complete in October.

The $30.2 million for Minot Air Force Base in fiscal year 2014 passed the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee in June.

It now must be approved by the full Senate and House of Representatives.

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