Congress gave final approval to a $21 million project that will expand and modernize the Headquarters of the Air Force Central Command and 9th Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base (USAFCENT/9th U.S. Air Force). The funding was secured by U.S. Rep. John Spratt of South Carolina. The headquarters facilitates command and control of air and ground operations within U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. Currently, operations are spread among five older buildings on the base.
In a statement released by Spratt, who is a senior member on the Armed Services Committee, he said, “The plan is to consolidate these multiple operations and command facilities within a common secure facility,”
The project would renovate 5,000 square feet of an existing structure and add 49,880 square feet to accommodate USAFCENT/9th U.S. Air Force operations and intelligence elements, as well as an Army Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD), within a unified command center. The BCD is temporarily stationed in a facility slated for demolition.
This was part of the $447 billion omnibus appropriations bill approved by the Senate over the weekend and now sits on the President’s desk to be signed.