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for the construction of a field-maintenance hanger of 14,800 square feet. Field maintenance activity at Kadena is now being performed either outside in the open or in two shedlike open-end temporary-type hangars. In addition, authorization is requested for the construction of 200 units of family housing under the surplus-commodity program. The next installation to be considered is Misawa Airbase. It is located in Japan. Details concerning the intended use of this instal. lation have been furnished to the committee. The program requested totals $32,000. It will provide for the construction of a fixed TACAN station to increase the all-weather capability of this installation. The next installation to be ... is Naha Airbase and it is located in Okinawa. The committee has been furnished details concerning the intended use of this base. The program requested amounts to $45,000. It will provide for the relocation and modification of the existing jet-engine test stand. The existing stand is located within 2,500 feet of the airmen's dormitory and creates an unacceptable noise level. This project will provide for the relocation and for the increase of the thrust capability from 10,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds. The next three facilities to be considered are for classified locations. The committee has been furnished details concerning the location and intended use of these installations. The total amount requested for these facilities is $7,907,000. It involves construction of operational facilities, administrative facilities, storage facilities, troop housing and dining, recreational facilites, and utilities to support these classified activities. Yokota Airbase is the next installation to be considered and it is located in Japan. The committee has been provided with details concerning the intended use of this base. The program requested amounts to $178,000. It contains two items. The first item is an ILS facility which is necessary to increase the all-weather capability of Yokota Airbase. The second item will provide for the rehabilitation of the existing parachute and dinghy shop. This item will rehabilitate the existing 4,900 square-foot building in addition to increasing its capacity by approximately 2,000 square feet. The CHAIRMAN. Now, tell me again, what are you going to do over at Guam : Colonel J Acksox. Mr. Chairman, the major items here are a radar approach control facility, an aircraft maintenance shop—two of those—and storage base, demineralized water, which is another one of thoes items Mr. Bates was just discussing. The CHAIRMAN. How large a military personnel do you have at Guam & Colonel JACKSON. At the present time, Mr. Chairman, it is approximately 5,900 people there. The CHAIRMAN. Fifty-nine ! Colonel JAckson. Yes, sir. The CHAIRMAN. How large a personnel—what is the complement of the Army and the Navy at Guam . Have you got that? Colonel JACKSON. No, sir; I am sorry, I do not. These are merely the figures on Andersen itself. The CHAIRMAN. But as far as the Air Force is concerned, about 5,500 people. General DREYER. 5,900, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. Fifty-nine. What did you say as to the type of military missions you have there? Colonel JACKsoN. We have an air defense mission. We have a weather reconnaissance mission, an air fueling mission, a heavy bomber mission, and an air rescue mission. The CHAIRMAN. And in addition to that, you will come along and build some houses for the Air Force at Guam. Colonel JAcksoN. That is correct, sir. The CHAIRMAN. That is in another section of the bill. Without objection, the item is approved. Now, the next is Ramey Air Force Base, P. R. Colonel JAckson. Yes, sir; on page 100 of the red book. Ramey Air Force Base is the next installation to be considered. It is located in Puerto Rico. The committee has been furnished details concerning the planned use of this installation. The program request for Ramey Air Force Base amounts to $643,000. It involves the following items: The first item is a semimobile GCA facility. The GCA presently available to Ramey does not provide the necessary precision required in all-weather operations. This item will correct this situation. The next item is an aircraft maintenance shop. This item will modify an existing facility for field maintenance work on new types of equipment. The next item is a parachute and dinghy shop. A Butler-ty building is currently being used at Ramsey for ois activity. #. existing facility is open to dust and moisture. The facility contained in this request will provide a permanent, standard building for this important activity. The last item will provide additional ammunition storage capacity at Ramey. The CHAIRMAN. I have reduced that item from $1,470,000 to $643,000. Mr. KELLEHER. Instead of building a new aircraft shop down there they are going to modify an existing one, Mr. Chairman, and cut the price about in half. The CHAIRMAN. All right. Without objection, the item is agreed to. Now, on page 45, various locations. That has been reduced from $23,040,000 to $21,431,000. Mr. KELLEHER. A high school and a civilian dormitory have been eliminated from the program, Mr. Chairman. The CHAIRMAN. At what point? Mr. KELLEHER. In England, sir. The CHAIRMAN. What? Mr. KELLEHER. Lakenheath RAF Station. Colonel JACKSON. Lakenheath, Mr. Chairman. Mr. KELLEHER. Lakenheath. Colonel JACKSON. Page 125. The CHAIRMAN. Without objection that item is agreed to. Now, United States Air Force in Europe. I see here it is marked up to increase it from $17,172,000 to $19,952,000. What's that increase? Mr. KELLEHER. There are 22 internal changes in there, Mr. Chairman. A number of them are large, except perhaps the cut of a taxiway, a hangar, and a test stand in Germany, for $967,000. The rest of them are all under half a million, and some of them very small, of forty and fifty thousand—22 changes in all. The CHAIRMAN. And that brings about an increase of about $2 million? Mr. KELLEHER. Yes, sir. Colonel Jacksos. The next installation is Ben Guerir Air Base located in Morocco. Details concerning its planned use have been made available to the committee. The program request for Ben Guerir consists of $165,000 and consists of one item, storage for demineralized water which is required for takeoff assist of aircraft which will be using Ben Guerir Air Base. In addition, authorization is requested for the construction of 248 units of family housing under the surplus commodity program. The next installation to be considered is Ernest Harmon located in Newfoundland, Canada. The committee has been provided details concerning the planned use of this installation. The program reuested for Ernest Harmon amounts to $4,450,000. It includes the ollowing items. The first item will provide two 1,000-foot paved overruns on the ends of the primary runway. The next item will provide the outer marker for the ILS system. This will improve and complete the existing facility. The next item is a ready alert crew building. This facility is neoessary for personnel shelter of crews on continuous alert duty. The next item is an aircraft weapons calibration shelter. This facility will be used for bore siting and harmonization of aircraft firing control systems. Nothing exists at Ernest Harmon which will meet this need. The next item is a refueling vehicle shop. Only 1,250 square feet presently exist for this activity. It is extremely substandard and the refueling vehicles are currently being maintained largely in the open. The next item is 196 units of family housing. The requirement for family housing at Harmon is 1,051 units; 656 units either exist or have been previously authorized. This request of 196 units will still leave a substantial deficiency. The next item is an addition to the elmentary dependent school. The school requirement at Harmon is 54,894 square feet—27,000 square feet of space presently exists. The 10,000 square feet requested in this Po will provide an increment toward the total requirement. The last two items provide additional electric power and heating plant capability. The requirement for both of these items has been generated largely because of base expansion and the need to provide such service to new facilities which have recently been programed and those which are contained in this request. The next location to be considered is Goose Air base. It is located in Labrador. The committee has been provided with details con: cerning the planned use of this installation. The program reques amounts to $2,284,000. It consists of the following items. The first item will provide a 1,000-foot overrun on both ends of the primary runway. The next item will provide approach lights on the instrument end of the primary runway. The existing lights do not provide the desired visibility for high-speed, low-approach, jet aircraft.

The next item is a ready alert crew facility. This building is necessary to provide personnel shelter for crews on continuous alert. The next item is 196 units of family housing. Of the total requirement of 1,619 units of family housing at Goose, there are 643 units existing or under construction. The units contained in this request will provide an increment toward satisfying the full requirement. The last 2 items are essentially utility items, the first of which will provide additional electric power and the second will provide for the connecting of the heating plant to 15 buildings. Moron Air base is the next location to be considered. It is located in Spain. The committee has been provided with details concerning the planned use of this installation. The program requested for this installation totals $125,000. It proposes the construction of storage tanks for demineralized water. Demineralized water is necessary for takeoff assists of aircraft which are expected to use this installation. In addition, authorization is requested for the construction of 40 units of family housing under the surplus commodity program. The next installation to be considered is Sidi Slimane. Sidi Slimane is located in Morocco. The committee has been provided with details concerning the planned mission of this installation. Items included in this program requested for Sidi Slimane amount to $947,000. The program contains three items. The first item provides storage for water alcohol. , Water alcohol is used as a takeoff assist for aircraft expected to use this installation. The remaining three items will provide ammo storage capability and electrification outlets on the ramp and in hangars for 8. series aircraft. In addition, authorization is requested for the construction of 295 units of family housing under the surplus commodity program. The next location to be considered is Sondrestrom Air Base which is located in Greenland. The committee has been furnished details concerning the mission of this installation. The program requested amounts to $6,413,000 and includes the following items: The first item is an aircraft maintenance dock which is required for maintenance of aircraft assigned to Sondrestrom Air Base. The next item provides additional bulk storage of Av-fuel. The next item is a base warehouse. The requirement for warehouse space is 128,600 square feet; 44,200 square feet exist and the 40,000 Square feet contained in this request will fill approximately one-half of the total warehouse requirement. The next item is a bread bakery. The existing facility is extremely substandard and has been condemned by the surgeon since it cannot meet sanitary requirements. The requested facility will provide a permanent building and correct this problem. . The last item is a base theater. The existing theater is temporary: it was built in 1942. It contains no latrine facilities or other facilities normally expected in a theater. It is inadequate for stage shows. The facility contained in this request for 350 seats will fill the requirement. The next installation to be considered is Thule Air Base in Greenland. The committee has been provided details concerning the planned use of this installation. The total program requested amounts to $6,599,000. It is composed of three items.

The first item is a fixed TACAN station. This facility will increase the all-weather capacity at Thule.

The next item provides for the rehabilitation of the existing runway. It is proposed in this project to level and resurface approximately 150,000 square yards of the instrument runway. It will also provide for extensive drainage work in the airfield complex.

The last item is a utility item. This facility will provide the urgently needed waterborne sanitary sewage system.

Torrejon Air Base is the last Strategic Air Command overseas installation to be considered. It is located in Spain. The committee has been provided details concerning the intended use of this installation. The program requested totals $448,000. It involves the construction of a gymnasium. There is no gymnasium facility currently existing at Torrejon and this facility is necessary to provide recreation for personnel assigned to this installation.

In addition, authorization is requested for the construction of 460 units of family housing under the surplus commodity program.

The mission of the United States Air Forces in Europe is to support the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; United States commander in chief, Europe, and the other component commanders under USCINCEUR in their assigned missions; to fulfill responsibilities assigned the Joint Chiefs of Staff in areas not included in either the NATO or USCINCEUR's area of responsibility, and to support commanders operating directly under the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This program contains a request for $19,985,000 for United States Air Forces in Europe and provides facilities at 30 locations.

Included in the program are facilities to support aircraft control and warning activities at 4 locations totaling $672,000; mobile radio squadrons at 3 locations totaling $5,101,000; facilities at 3 bases totaling $2,822,000 in support of tactical guided missiles. Also included are 250 family units at 2 locations. The remainder of the program is composed of items to satisfy the basic USAFE mission requirement.

The first United States Air Forces in Europe location is classified. The committee has been furnished details regarding the location and mission of this installation. It involves a program totaling $2,748,000. Facilities being requested for this location include aircraf maintenance facilities, a parachute and dinghy shop, an addition to a cold-storage plant, a dispensary, family housing, airmen dormitories, officers quarters, an addition to the dependent school, a chapel with

education wing, and a noncommissioned officers' open mess and an officers' open mess. All of these facilities are urgent requirements. They are all either deficiencies or in a certain few cases replacements for extremely substandard quonset-type facilities. Further details concerning individual items have been furnished to the committee.

The next location is Alconbury RAF Station. This installation is located in England and details concerning its planned mission have been made available to the committee. The total program request amounts to $55,000 and it will provide for the modification of the existing electric substation. Recent changes and types of equip. ment by the British have outmoded the interrupting

capability of this substation. Fuses for the types of equipment in the existing substation are no longer manufactured and short circuits have been known to create explosions in similar substations. Accordingly, it

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