Last year, Hurricane Michael made a direct hit on the Florida Panhandle, killing at least 16 people. It was said to be the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in the last 50 years. It wreaked havoc to many neighborhoods, businesses and even the Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City. The storm came ashore with 155 mph winds that obliterated so much of the area.
U.S. Military Bases Damaged
Now, after so many months, the people are still struggling to rebuild. This often takes months or years to accomplish. That includes Tyndall Air Force Base, which has reported that it will require $4.9 billion in extra funding in order to repair all damages.
Major damage was done to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska as well. Heavy flooding and ice jams in Nebraska during the winter of 2018-19 caused massive damages to this base. The government is asking for federal funds that would repair damage of both bases.
“We desperately need the supplemental funding,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said. With the increase in natural disasters, it is possible that further damage could be done during the 2019 hurricane season from hurricanes even larger than Michael.
These calls for emergency funding to make repairs to these two American Air Force Bases come in the midst of debates between Congress and the Trump administration. Trump would like to repurpose billions of dollars meant for military construction in order to build his wall between Mexico and the U.S.
Money for Repairs Being Diverted
The Air Force is seeking $1.2 billion this year, then $3.7 billion in the 2020 and 2021 budget years, but these funds must be approved by Congress.
Secretary Wilson has stated that if Congress doesn’t take action by the spring of 2019, the Air Force will suffer. Dozens of improvement projects will have to be put on hold and other money-saving measures will become necessary. This will cripple the U.S. Air Force at a time when communism is becoming more and more aggressive all over the world.
Is Communism More of a Threat?
In 2018, British citizens, Dawn Sturgess and Charles Rowley from Wiltshire, England, were murdered using nerve gas. The investigation showed that Vladimir Putin was behind the attack but no action was ever taken against Putin.
There have been other similar attacks carried out by communist countries and many experts believe the U.S. should be on high alert. U.S. military forces should be more vigilant than ever during times like these. Instead their efficacy is being hindered by the lack of funds necessary to maintain and improve bases around the world.
The Marine Corps has reported similar damage to some of its facilities. It sustained over $3.5 billion in damage at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from Hurricane Michael and Florence. Commander of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, has said that the Marine Corps has had to cancel exercises in order to handle unplanned deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border.
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