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SUMMARY OF FACILITIES UTILIZATION, HEADQUARTERS, AIR FORCE SYSTEMS
COMMAND, ANDREWS AFB, MD. Facilities utilized by the headquarters functions of Headquarters, System Command, are identified in the following table:
Since 1957, density of occupation of permanent facilities has varied between 75 and 85 square feet usable space per man. When it became impracticable to crowd more people into the permanent facilities, additional personnel were housed in remote temporary facilities. Dormitories, which provide the major portion of temporarily allocated administrative space, are now required to accommodate enlisted personnel assigned to Andrews. Of the remaining temporary space, approximately 15,800 square feet must be removed to provide space for programed new construction.
Senator STENNIS. Now, I think that you had better prepare a special statement here showing about this increase in people, where they came from, and why, and everything about it, and then in the second place, show what you are doing now toward occupying these buildings and what you are going to do with them when you vacate them and how many more people it will take care of and whether or not there is a demand for their use.
We will get a real picture of it here then.
The House is not to be lightly considered when they took this out. It was their judgment. They go into these things always carefully, and you have $1,650,000 here. We have to jerk that out of some taxpayers' pocket if you get the money. Would you do this for us? Colones CHAMBERLAIN. I will be glad to.
Summary of growth, Headquarters, Air Force Systems Command, Andrews AFB, Md.
1 Persons requiring general purpose office space shown in this column vary from the "Authorized strength” figures because of assigned persons occupying special purpose space such as computer center, post office, security vault, reproduction areas, guard posts, printing plant, supply rooms. Also, some persons included in the headquarters “Authorized strengths" actually perform duties at other locations.
BACHELOR OFFICERS' QUARTERS, ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, MD.
This project is required to provide officers quarters at this base. There are insufficient, adequate quarters on base to house the majority of permanent party officers. The result is that most of the bachelor officers are required to live off base and draw basic allowance for quarters. Official visitors place a heavy transient load on the base. Due to the shortage of officers' quarters most of these transients have to be issued nonavailability certificates.
Last year over 1,000 officers had to be issued such certificates. The average period of temporary duty was 3 days. These officers draw $16 per day per diem.
There are approximately 119 officers living off base because of lack of officer quarters. The average basic allowance for quarters paid to these officers per month is $95 for company grade and $130 for field grade.
It is requested that this project be reinstated in the fiscal year 1966 military construction appropriations program.
HOUSE REPORT STATEMENT "Existing facilities available on the base and in nearby communities are sufficient to meet the requirements for which the officer quarters are requested“ (p. 27).
Senator STENNIS. Let us go to the next item.
Colonel FENLOX. The next item is at Andrews Air Force Base, also, on page 25. This is an officers bachelor officers' quarters space, some 40 men, at a cost of $325,000.
The purpose of this, of course, is to house bachelor officer personnel who are stationed at Andrews, and the rather heavy transit load that we have coming into Andrews and the Washington area. We do have a considerable deficiency out there.
We have a cost savings over a number of years here in being able to house these officers on the base rather than to pay the travel costs and the basic allowance for quarters costs of making them live on the economy here in the Washington area. We would like to ask that this be reinstated as a required item at Andrews.
Senator STENNIS. Is this bachelor officers' quarters?
BACHELOR OFFICERS' QUARTERS, BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C.
The proposed officers' quarters are an important part of the Defense Department cantonment plan and the integrity of the plan is dependent upon the availability of these quarters. The requirement to house officers of the three services was developed as a result of a comprehensive study made at the request of the Senate Armed Services Committee and furnished to both Houses of Congress. Subsequent requests for authorization for military construction, in this category, have been based on this study.
This building would be amortized in 712 years. This is based on 200 officers whose average basic allowance for quarters is $95. This would amount to $228,000 per year paid in quarters allowances. When bachelor officers are assigned quarters on base, they are not authorized quarters allowance.
It is requested this project be reinstated in the fiscal year 1966 military construction appropriations program.
HOUSE REPORT STATEMENT
*** * * but the request of $1,700,000 for additional officers' quarters is denied. The committee does not feel that sufficient consideration has been given to utilization of existing facilities in the Washington area, including those in the private economy, to meet this requirement” (p. 27).
Colonel FENLON. We touched upon Bolling yesterday-
This item on page 26 is at Bolling, it is part of the second increment that we discussed yesterday of the cantonment area. The House in their action approved the package with the exception of the officers' quarters.
Senator STENNIS. Yes. All right.
Colonel FENLON. This, of course, is an integral part of this increment and we feel strongly that we should not delay this bachelor officers' quarters as a part of increment 2.
Senator STENNIS. That is page 26 now you are talking about.
There is an urgent need for an addition to the commissary at this base. The facility used for a commissary is completely inadequate. The present facility was constructed when the military strength was approximately 1,900; the planned military strength is 3,008. The current sales volume ($172,600 per month) is more than three times the volume recorded during the first year of operation. There are presently over 800 family housing units on the base. The commissary facility is not capable of adequately handling the present volume of sales and must be expanded as proposed.
When considering military pay legislation, commissary stores are considered as an integral part of a serviceman's overall compensation. Failure to provide this facility will have a detrimental effect on the motivation and retention of personnel.
It is requested that $132,000 be reinstated for this project.
HOUSE REPORT STATEMENT
This is an urgent needed addition to the commissary at Blytheville, at a cost of $132,000. This commissary now has more than three times the recorded volume than existed during the first year when this facility was originally constructed. There are presently over 800 family housing units on the base and of course this has expanded the use of this commissary and the requirement for additional space. It is requested that this $132,000 be reinstated for this project because of the congestion and the inability to serve the personnel on the base with the existing facility.
General CURTIN. This was afforded a top priority.
REMARKS AND REASONS FOR RESTORATION
This project is required to provide adequate sales store area in the base exchange. The exchange facilities at the base were originally constructed for a one fighter-interceptor base. Since that time, B-52's, KC-135's, and a missile wing have been assigned to the base. The present exchange facility is too small to accommodate the increased strength. A 16,650-square-foot exchange building was constructed in 1959. This building houses the following functions: exchange snackbar, 6,000 square feet; barbershop and laundry, 1,985 square feet; and sales store area, 8,665 square feet. There is no exchange warehouse facility located at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Projected strength at Grand Forks Air Force Base would authorize an exchange facility, including warehouse, of approximately 30,000 square feet. This facility is urgently required to provide the necessary services for personnel assigned to the base.
It is requested that this project be reinstated in the fiscal year 1966 military construction appropriation program.
HOUSE REPORT STATEMENT “The request of $150,000 for an addition to the exchange sales store is denied. Existing facilities are adequate to meet any requirement of this type” (p. 27).
Senator STENNIS. Next item, please.
Colonel FENLON. The next item is on page 28, Mr. Chairman. This is an exchange sales store addition at Grand Forks Air Force Base at à cost of $150,000. The present exchange facility was constructed when the base had the sole mission of one fighter-interceptor squadron. Of course since that time we have stationed a B-52 wing, a refueling squadron, and, of course, now the MINUTEMAN wing on this base, with a tremendous population growth. The current facilities will not handle the patronage in this store and we would like to request that you consider reinstating this item.
STRICOM HEADQUARTERS, MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FLA.
REMARKS/REASONS FOR RESTORATION During the fall of 1963 the Department of Defense directed that a study be initiated with a view of surveying hard core installations capable of accommodating a sizable permanent headquarters. The Department of Defense study group completed the study report on March 18, 1964 and concluded that MacDill was the most suitable site for the location of this facility.
This project is to provide a facility to meet the primary operational requirement of Headquarters U.S. Stricom. It will support missions directed by the Joint Chief of Staff. This structure is essential and is required in the interest of national defense to provide secure facilities for rapid reaction to changing international situations. Permanent airmen dormitories now used to house this headquarters are inadequate for the Stricom support mission and are needed to house airmen. These buildings are to be returned to their original utilization to meet the deficiencies in troop housing at this base. The design will insure that this command has the facilities required to accomplish simultaneous and diverse missions in keeping with the U.S. Stricom concept.
U.S. Stricom has the assigned mission of conducting joint training exercises and provide augmentation forces to existing unified commands; conduct and plan for execution of contingency operations. The operational facilities include a war room, operations center, current intelligence indication center, weather center, and a communications center.