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UPDATE: Defense spending bill signed; includes new entrance and gate complex for BAFB

August 14, 2018
In The News

President Donald Trump has signed the defense spending bill that will benefit Barksdale Air Force Base. It includes $12.25 million for a new entrance and gate complex at BAFB.

Barksdale Air Force Base is among the big winners after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the defense spending bill. Included in the defense spending bill is $12.25 million for a new entrance and gate complex at Barksdale Air Force Base.

That upgrade is needed so BAFB can move forward with a planned $500 million weapons storage facility. 

"Louisiana's military bases play critical roles in the national defense strategy of the United States. I'm proud we could secure tens of millions of dollars to enhance these bases and support them and our troops as they work to keep our country safe," said Congressman Ralph Abraham, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

The spending bill also included a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops, their largest in nine years and the second in the last two years. 

The bill also includes an amendment from Rep. Abraham directing the National Guard to study ways to reduce suicides.

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