An F-35 flies over Florida (U.S. Air Force photo)

Alaska gets $500m in base construction; most for Fairbanks

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Congress last week agreed to spend more than half a billion dollars on military construction projects in Alaska. Most of the projects are in Fairbanks, to prepare Eielson Air Force Base for the arrival of F-35 aircraft. The short-term spending bill Congress passed also has $155 million for a new radar system at Clear Air Force Station, and $47 million for a drone hangar at Fort Wainwright.
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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) speaks during the commissioning ceremony of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) at the Port of Anchorage, May 4, 2013. More than 4,000 people gathered to witness the ship's commissioning in its namesake city of Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage, the seventh San Antonio-class LPD, is the second ship to be named for the city and the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Alaska. (Photo by Specialist 1st Class James R. Evans/U.S. Navy)

Navy has explaining to do about military exercise, Murkowski says

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the Navy is again snubbing the concerns of Alaskans as it prepares for the next Northern Edge. That’s a military exercise, held every two years, that stretches from the Gulf of Alaska into the Interior. The next Northern Edge is scheduled for May. Murkowski says more than 100 Alaskans sent her letters this summer with concerns about the potential impact of the exercise, particularly on fish and marine mammals.
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