The Pentagon announced June 11 it is restoring $2.2 billion of military construction funds that had been reprogrammed to pay for the construction of a wall on the southern border.
The funding covers 66 projects in 11 states, three territories, and 16 countries. Pentagon spokesman John F. Kirby said in a briefing that the funding was unobligated and comes out of a total of $3.6 billion that had been reprogrammed for the wall in fiscal 2021.
The Trump Administration, beginning in 2019, moved military construction and operations and maintenance money to pay for the construction of the barrier. President Joe Biden, on the day he was inaugurated, issued a proclamation reversing the plan and repurposing the funding. The Pentagon, in April, canceled all border barrier construction projects.
Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks, in a June 10 memo, said the move to restore funding completes the full Pentagon plan as a result of Biden’s directive.
The memo lists the following total force USAF projects that will receive funding:
LOCATION FUNDING (in millions) PROJECT Florida $25.8 Fire/crash rescue station Indiana $9.4 Small arms range Texas $22 Camp Bullis dining facility Utah $24 Composite Aircraft Antenna Calibration facility Wisconsin $10.5 Small arms range Guam $28.6 APR-Munitions Storage Igloos Ph. 2 Guam $13.8 APR-SATCOM C4I Facility Guam $2.5 PRTC Roads Germany $15.4 37th Airlift Squadron Operations/Aircraft Maintenance Unit Germany $1.8 Upgrade hardened aircraft shelters for F-22 Germany $79.1 Spangdahlem Elementary School Replacement Hungary $13.7 Increase POL Storage Capacity Jordan $18.9 Air Traffic Control Tower Jordan $34.3 Munitions storage area Luxembourg $97.1 Deployable Airbase System storage Slovakia $59.9 Regional munitions storage area Slovakia $20.4 Airfield upgrades Slovakia $19.1 Increase POL Storage United Kingdom $26.97 Munitions holding area United Kingdom $16.5 Main gate complex Worldwide $120.9 Tactical Mobile Over the Horizon Radar