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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urging him to add the Wing Command Headquarters building at Fairchild Airforce Base to the list of priorities for the Future Years Defense Program. Especially now, the construction of the new Wing Command Headquarters is critically important as the building is planned to house the active duty 92nd Air Refueling Wing and the Washington Air National Guard 141st Air Refueling Wing Headquarters.

Over the years I have seen how the current building is in need of repair.  The building has a large list of deficiencies including life safety, fire safety, force protection, electrical, mechanical, energy, and Americans with Disabilities Act code deficiencies,” wrote Senator Murray. 

Adding the Wing Command Headquarters to the Future Years Defense Program ensures that the Air Force will continue investing in Fairchild Air Force base and prioritize the construction of this facility. As a senior member of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Murray secured $4.8 million for a Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory at the Fairchild Airforce Base in the Fiscal Year 2011 Military Construction Appropriations bill.

The full text of the letter appears below:

The Honorable Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense
U.S. Department of Defense
Washington, DC 20301-1000

Dear Secretary Gates:

I am writing in regard to the Wing Command Headquarters at Fairchild Air Force Base.  As you know, Fairchild Air Force Base has requested for the past ten years that the Wing Command Headquarters building be added to the Future Years Development Program.  The existing facility was built in 1943 and it is not economically feasible to restore it to meet the current requirements.

Over the years I have seen how the current building is in need of repair.  The building has a large list of deficiencies including life safety, fire safety, force protection, electrical, mechanical, energy, and Americans with Disabilities Act code deficiencies.

This change is especially important now, as the Wing Command Headquarters building is planned to house the headquarters for both the active duty 92nd Air Refueling Wing and the Washington Air National Guard 141st Air Refueling Wing Headquarters.  We owe it to these Commands to provide an appropriate and efficient building that meets their requirements in order to best benefit them as they jointly operate.

Therefore, as you consider priorities for the Future Years Development Program, I strongly encourage the inclusion of construction funding for this important facility.  I look forward to partnering with you to continue to help Fairchild Air Force Base meet the demands being placed upon it and continue to modernize to meet the needs of our airman and women.