Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fort Dix to get $47 million aviation hangar

Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 8:00 AM
David Karas/The Times By David Karas/The Times

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST — The U.S. Army’s fiscal year 2013 budget, released yesterday, includes a $47 million earmark for construction of a new aviation hangar at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a move that U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) has been supporting for more than four years.

The state-of-the-art hangar would house a communications and electronics research and engineering center on the former Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station portion of the joint base.

The replacement is a long-term project that Smith says will help to protect the current and future work and potential of the program.

It would replace Hanger 5, a 1940s-era wooden structure that has suffered ongoing structural deterioration, according to a release from Smith’s office.

He said that the addition of the line item to the latest proposed Army budget has been a long time in the works.

“Four years ago, we began laying the groundwork, meeting with officials from the installation and throughout the Army chain of command to highlight the hangar’s condition and propose a long term solution,” said Smith.

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