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Mr. CECONI. No, sir.

Senator CANNON. Not at all.

Mr. CECONI. This has been stripped. They used this at one time for strip mining, mining phosphate, but now it is used for a borrow area in connection with the construction in the area.

Senator CANNoN. You have 276 acres of restrictive easements on that too?

Mr. CECONI. Yes, sir. f Gool CURTIN. That will be 50 percent of fee cost or $180 per acre

Or that.

Senator CANNoN. Do you recall what you had to pay when you got— didn't you buy that land separately for that one housing area when that went in, in Charleston ?

General CURTIN. Yes, sir; I believe we did. The one that would be on the west side of the highway.

Senator CANNON. The southwest side.

Mr. CECONI. We had some land that we bought about 5 years ago, sir, that ran at that time about $190 an acre. That was the last acquisition for the extension of the runway. Of course since that time the value has increased, and this is a different area.

Senator CANNoN. Values have gone up that much in this period of time?

Mr. CECONI. Yes, sir.

Senator CANNON. All right.


Colonel FENLON. The next base is on page 189, Dover Air Force Base located 4 miles southeast of Dover, Del. The mission of this base is for an air transport heavy wing and a fighter interceptor Squadron ADC. The total program requested amounts to $1,180,000 and comprises the following three items: The first item is a field training facility and will provide the only facility for this training at the base. The World War II hospital now temporarily used for this purpose cannot accommodate the new equipment, and is scheduled for demolition as it is beyond economical I'êD8,11". }. second item provides an aircraft corrosion control facility for large aircraft. The corrosion control operation requires protection against inclement weather and gusty winds during the operation. The last item is for a communications and electronics shop. The shop is required in connection with the C-141 aircraft program for this base. The present shop space is not sufficient to accomplish the added load imposed by this mission. Senator CANNoN. Last year I think you had a number of those corrosion control units in, if I remember correctly, and this is one that was denied, wasn’t it? General CURTIN. Yes, sir; as I recall, we ran into Some controversy on the price as to whether we could build it for the figure we had in the program. Senator CANNON. How does your present price compare with what you came in with last year?

General CURTIN. We have about $150,000 more in this one than we had in the one last year. We were underpriced last year, and that was the reason it went out of the program.

Senator CANNON. Are there other corrosion control units in this

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Colonel REILLY. Yes, sir; there is an identical facility at McGuire which we will come to in just a moment. There is a similar facility at McChord Air Force Base which we covered earlier in the hearings.


Colonel FENLON. Our next base, page 193, is McGuire Air Force Base, located 12 miles south southeast of Trenton, N.J. This base is the major east coast area port of embarkation for the Military Air Transport Service, Eastern Transport Air Force Headquarters, an air transport heavy wing, an aid defense missile squadron, an aerial medical transport squadron and an air terminal squadron. The total program requested for this base consists of six projects at a total cost of $2,094,000. The first item provides for an aircraft corrosion control facility for large C-141 aircraft. Corrosion control operation requires protection against inclement weather and gusty winds. The second item is a repetitive item, a large maintenance dock. The third item is also a repetitive item, and this is a fuel system dock. Both are for the C-141. The fourth item is for a test cell to provide test facilities for the large C-141 type engines and other type engines. The present test cellis inadequate for this type and is located in an open area adjacent to Fort Dix. The noise level has led to the necessity of restricting engine tests to night time only to prevent interference from training Schedules at both Fort Dix and McGuire. The fifth item is a repetitive item, an auto maintenance shop. The last item is a repetitive item for water supply treatment. Senator CANNON. This one again had a corrosion control unit that was turned down last time, didn’t it?


Colonel FENLON. Yes, sir. The next base, on page 200, is Scott Air Force Base located 3 miles east-southeast of Belleville, Ill. The program mission for this base is Headquarters, Military Air Transport Service, the Aero Medical Transport Woo. Air Force Communications Service, Troop Carrier Heavy Squadron Reserve, Air Weather Service, and Headquarters, Air Rescue Service.

The amount requested for this base in this program is $2,122,000 including $672,000 to support a newly designated mission which com

rises three items as follows.

The first item is for alteration of an existing facility to provide for the Air Rescue Service Headquarters. This requirement is in connection with the new mission assigned to this base, and no adequate facilities exist for this purpose. This unit is being moved from Orlando, Fla.

The second item is a repetitive item, replacement of two airman dormitories. The third item is a repetitive item for 80-man officers quarters. Senator CANNoN. You have indicated on your other list that these were due to the consolidation. General CURTIN. Yes, sir; they will be on that list. Senator CANNON. All right.


Colonel FENLON. The next base, on page 204, is Travis Air Force Base located 6 miles east of Fairfield, Calif. The program mission for the base is Western Transport Air Force, an air transport heavy wing, a SAC heavy bomber squadron, an air refueling squadron, and an air terminal squadron. The amount requested for this base is $3,319,000. The first item provides for shoulder stabilization of taxiways to prevent foreign object damage to engines of the C-141 and other aircraft. The present taxiways are not wide enough to prevent suction and blast damage from the outboard engines of this aircraft. The second item is a repetitive item for a power check pad. The third item is a repetitive item which is an addition to the airfreight terminal. The fourth item provides for air conditioning of the operational mission training facility. Training films used in classwork, noise, and so forth require all windows to be closed. This together with climatic conditions makes air conditioning mandatory. The fifth item is a repetitive item for five each large maintenance docks in support of the C-141. The sixth item is a repetitive item. This is an alteration to an existing dock for fuel system repair. The seventh item is a repetitive item for a dental clinic. And the eighth item, the last item, is a repetitive item, an addition to the existing commissary sales store. Senator CANNoN. That dental clinic was denied last year. General CURTIN. Yes, sir. Senator CANNON. Your end strength is going to be about 1,400 less than it is now. You have a pretty good hospital there, a fairly new hospital. Is this something that you feel you need quite badly? General CURTIN. Yes, sir, I can speak in general terms. As I recall there are 20 dental operating chairs in the hospital, and you actually need something of the order of 30 even to the end position requirement that we are forecasting here. Colonel JARBOE. The total requirement for 28 is based on a projected end troop strength as I have it of 12,000. The 28 is lo at by a DOD directive which authorizes so many dental operating rooms per so many thousand troop strength. This is in accord with that. I don’t have any exact figures Senator CANNoN. I am not as much impressed by the DOD directive that says how many you should have or how many troops as I am with how are you able to take care of the load. Can you give us something on how you are able to take care of these people now and what your waiting list and this sort of thing is?

Colonel JARBOE. Yes, sir. We can furnish that for the record. I do not have that.

Senator CANNON. You indicate your end strength will be 1,400 people down from where you are now. If you are able to do the job up to this point, it would seem to me in view of a reduction in personnel that we ought to take a good look at this.

General CURTIN. We will get this addtional information. We should have had it with us.

(The information requested follows:)


There are not sufficient facilities to accommodate the workload of dental treatment required to be performed. The 27 dentists assigned, including 4 interns, are doubling up on the use of the existing 22 dental operating rooms treating approximately 12,000 military personnel, not including retired military or dependents of active duty and retired personnel who are treated for emergency problems only. There is a 6-month waiting period for removable full and partial dental prosthodontic appliances and a 2-year waiting period for fixed crown and bridge appliances. As of March 31, 1965, there were 612 military patients in these two categories. The waiting period for personnel who have applied for a simple filling is 3 weeks. This does not take into account those personnel who should be, but have not been called in for routine treatment. The waiting period for military personnel who have requested an oral prophylaxis (cleaning) is 1 month. Again this does not include those individuals who should be called in for this service. The Air Force-directed preventive dentistry program is not being accomplished. The dental health of military personnel assigned to Travis Air Force Base is markedly below that of the Air Force. As of March 31, 1965, 61.5 percent of all military personnel at Travis were in need of dental treatment. The Air Force average is 35 percent. There is an average of 280 military patients per month processing for remote oversea areas where there are not dental facilities available. These individuals receive priority and their treatment must be completed before they depart. This mission alone requires five full-time dental chairs per month.


Colonel FENLON. The next base, going to PACAF, page 214, Hickam Air Force Base, is located 6 miles west of Honolulu, Hawaii. Its planned use is for Headquarters, Pacific Air Force, an air transport wing, an air recovery squadron, the Pacific Air Reserve Center, a terminal and fighter interceptor squadron, an Air National Guard soon, and a reconnaissance group support. The program requested for this base amounts to $3,069,000, and it involves the following 10 itemS.

The first item is a repetitive item for a ready crew building.

The second item is a repetitive item for a medium aircraft maintenance dock.

Senator CANNoN. You are going to go into those two items in classified section?

Colonel FENLON. Yes, sir.

General CURTIN. They will be in volume V, Mr. Chairman.

Senator CANNoN. All right.

Colonel FENLON. The third item is a fuel systems dock in the same category. It is a repetitive item. The fourth item is for a test cell resulting from the conversion from C–124 to C-141 MATS aircraft and necessitates provision of facilities complete with sound suppression controls to meet the rapid advances and changes in concepts in the newer aircraft maintenance. The next project is for provision of 238 barrels of demineralized water required for jet aircraft utilized by the classified mission as well as currently assigned jet aircraft. The sixth item for a 12,000-square-foot administrative office building is required to provide a minimum administrative facility in support of the classified mission. The seventh item is a repetitive item for a 400-man airmen dormitory. The eighth item is a repetitive item for 80 officers quarter spaces. The ninth item is a repetitive item for a recreational library. The last item requested is for security fencing and lighting for the safety of operations and security measures involved in classified activities on the 24-hour basis at this installation. The next base is on page 226. Senator CANNON. Just a minute. Where are these inadequate officer quarters that you are talking about on the base, substandard quarters? Colonel FENLoN. There are four buildings, sir, that were built in 1940. They are the wood frame mobilization-type, and they are to be demolished upon completion of this project. Senator CANNON. They are presently being used, are they? Colonel FENLoN. Yes, sir. Senator CANNoN. And they have been remodeled, have they not, over a period of years? They have been improved as time went on. General CURTIN. It is not shown on the data that we have for these particular buildings, Mr. Chairman. Senator CANNoN. Will you supply that? General CURTIN. I will doublecheck that. Senator CANNoN. Will you supply this in detail for the record? General CURTIN. Yes, sir. Senator CANNoN. Because I have seen some of those quarters over there, and I thought they were fairly livable quarters. aybe I didn't see the bad ones, I don’t know. General CURTIN. I believe you are right, sir. These were built in 1941 at a cost of $40,000. They are frame buildings and should be razed. Normally if there has been any upgrading, this is so indicated, but it is not shown here, but I will doublecheck that. (The information requested follows:) The officers quarters requiring replacement are in the southwest corner of the base adjacent to Gorman Circle and the officers club. They are World War II frame mobilization-type structures built in 1941. They

have been modified to the extent that alternate bedrooms have been converted to living rooms, but are still served by gang latrines.

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