Robins to receive $35M under Recovery Act Published March 27, 2009 By Ed Drohan 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Robins will receive more than $35 million for 77 construction projects under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to a Department of Defense announcement. The projects include construction of a parking lot valued at $12,000 and nearly $4 million in repairs to the base's runway. The only base in the Air Force to have more projects funded than Robins is Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, which is home to Robins' command organization, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command. The Ohio base received funding for 86 projects. Among the other projects funded at Robins were: n $1.61 million for repairs to the Airmen dormitories n $4.8 million to repair the roof and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at Bldg. 300. n $215,000 to resurface the Fitness Center track. n $322,000 to construct a parking lot at Second Street. n $2.1 million to repair or replace sections of the perimeter fence. With a focus on Airmen and family care, and environmental stewardship, the Air Force's portion of the stimulus will spur about 1,500 military construction and facility improvement projects including quality-of-life upgrades and renewable energy research. Officials said they specifically identified the locations around the Air Force with the greatest need based on previously conducted facility and requirements studies to maximize the benefit of ARRA funding. Mission requirements, quality of life impact, environmental documentation and the ability of a base to start work on a project quickly were primary selection considerations, according to the DOD ARRA report. The Recovery Act includes approximately $7.4 billion in Defense-related appropriations, or about 1 percent of the total $787 billion stimulus package signed on Feb. 17 by President Obama. The Air Force portion of the appropriation is $1.7 billion. The 2009 ARRA is an effort to jumpstart the American economy, create and save jobs, and build the foundation for long-term growth. The complete list of projects, along with information about how they were selected, is at www.defenselink.mil/recovery or www.recovery.gov.