Fort Riley Halfway Through Construction Boom

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ Army officials say they are about
halfway through a $1.7 billion construction boom that was started
to handle the return of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley.
About $500 million of the projects were related to the 2005 Base
Realignment and Closure decisions to bring additional soldiers to
Fort Riley, including the return of the 1st Infantry Division from
That move began in 2006 and will push the soldier population to
about 19,000 by 2013.
Despite a howling snow storm blowing across the Kansas post
Tuesday, construction crews were continuing their work on a number
of facilities, including new hangars, operations centers and
headquarters for the division's combat aviation brigade.

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