SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Air Force will spend $900 million on new
residential, dining and training facilities for incoming recruits
at San Antonio's Lackland Air Force Base.
The Airmen Training Complex project is set to begin construction
next spring. Construction is expected to last for more than six
years and replace some buildings that date back to the 1960s.
Colonel Robert LaBrutta commands the base's 37th Mission Support
Group. He says the project underscores the Air Force's plan to keep
Lackland as a crucial training center.
The base on the southwest side of San Antonio serves as the
basic training center for new airmen. The Lackland building is
separate from the $1.8 billion to be spent on construction at the
Army's Fort Sam Houston because of the 2005 Defense Base Closure
and Realignment mandated by Congress.