Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) has requested support for Nellis Air Force Base as part of the annual appropriations process. During his appropriations work, Horsford indicated support for five Nellis FY14 Military Construction projects that are critical to Nevada and to the base.
"Nellis Air Force Base is a vital part of our community; it employs thousands of Nevadans and provides air expertise that allows the United States to maintain its national security and defense," said Horsford. "I will continue to work to secure funding for Nellis and fully support maintaining and developing the facilities on the base."
Below is a list of the funding requests for Nellis Air Force Base:
F-35 Parts Store: The Aircraft Parts Store will be the central point to receive, store, issue and ship all 18,000 plus line items of peace operating stock (POS) required to support the new maintenance requirements of the permanent beddown of 12 F-35A Primary Development/Test Aircraft and 24 Primary Training Aircraft at Nellis AFB; there are no excess or adequate facilities available that can be converted to accommodate this new requirement and beddown.
F-35 AME Storage: Additional Alternate Mission Equipment (AME) storage capacity is required to support the permanent beddown of 12 F-35A Primary Development/Test Aircraft and 24 Primary Training Aircraft at Nellis AFB; there is no excess AME storage capacity to support the addition of these aircraft and associated aircraft maintenance and equipment storage functions.
F-35 Fuel Cell Addition: A 1-bay fuel cell hangar addition is required to support the permanent beddown of 12 F-35A Primary Development/Test Aircraft and 24 Primary Training Aircraft at Nellis AFB; Nellis AFB does not have adequate fuel cell hangar facilities to support the additional 36 F-35A aircraft and associated maintenance functions.
Dorm (240 PN): A 240 room permanent party Dormitory will replace two inadequate dormitories as well as addressing an existing Nellis AFB dormitory room deficit; the existing dorms were rated as "inadequate" per the Air Force Dormitory Master Plan, and do not meet room size and configuration requirements based upon current Air Force grade allowances and do not meet force protection requirements including progressive collapse, blast protection and standoff distances from major base arterials.
RPA Weapons School: This facility will provide space for USAF Weapon School instructors, students, classrooms, mission brief/de-brief rooms, weapons tactics trainers, RPA fixed ground control stations and other training devices to support the advanced training of RPA pilots and Sensor operators at Nellis AFB; there are no excess or adequate facilities available that can be converted to accommodate this new requirement and beddown.
Congressman Horsford sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies urging support for these funding requests totaling nearly $80 million.