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22 San Diego Military Projects Listed as Possible Cuts to Pay for Wall

Included in the list were 22 projects at San Diego military bases and installations, including two Navy airfield improvements projects

Among a 20-page list of military construction projects that may be cut to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall are nearly two dozen projects at local military installations. 

The Pentagon document sent to Congress on Monday listed hundreds of projects envisioned around the U.S. and world worth around $12.9 billion.

Included in the list were 22 projects at San Diego military bases and installations, including a warehouse facility on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendelton, potable water distribution improvements on Camp Pendleton and airfield improvements projects at both Naval Base Coronado and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. 

On MCAS Miramar, new hangars were being constructed for F-35 fighter jets. The project was scheduled to be finished next year. 

MCAS Miramar issued the following statement in regards to the possible construction cuts: 

"Miramar has had a long and storied partnership with San Diego for almost a century. No matter what challenges the future may hold, MCAS Miramar will seek to deepen that partnership as we continue to house and train Marines, Sailors, and service members for global contingencies and keep our nation secure." 

The full list of San Diego projects can be found at the bottom of this story or by clicking here

Not all will be subject to cuts, the Defense Department wrote, making it difficult to determine exactly which would be vulnerable.

In a letter accompanying the list, Defense Department officials said they wouldn't touch items for which money would be awarded by the Sept. 30 end of this fiscal year or for projects like housing. They didn't specify which would be exempted.

Most of the San Diego projects listed for have already recieved thousands of dollars-worth of funding through the 2019 fiscal year so it was not clear how -- or even if -- the projects would be affected. 

Dennis DuBard, Chair of the San Diego Military Council Executive Committee said funding for projects like these take time anyway. 

"A lot of these infrastructure projects take a long time, a lot of times, their incremental funding over time," he said. "So, if you delay or take money just delays those down the line."

Democrats in Congress expressed hope that by knowing which local projects could be targeted, lawmakers would be likelier to override Trump's veto of a measure aimed at preventing the cuts.

Trump declared a national emergency at the Mexican boundary last month after Congress limited him to just under $1.4 billion to build border barriers. He invoked a law that would let him siphon other budget funds — $3.6 billion from military construction — to build the structures and fulfill his prime 2016 campaign promise.

The House voted to block his emergency by 245-182 in February. The Senate followed last week by 59-41, including a dozen GOP defections. Both fell short of the two-thirds majorities that will be needed to override Trump's veto. 

Trump vetoed the bill Friday and the House was scheduled to vote Tuesday on overriding Trump's veto. 

San Diego projects listed in the Pentagon's list of possible military construction projects that could be cut for the border wall are: 

Navy Projects:
Camp Pendleton

  • AAV-ACV Maintenance & Warehouse
  • Electrical Upgrades
  • Full Motion Trainer Facility
  • Supply Warehouse SOI - West
  • Fire Emergency Response Station
  • Potable Water Distribution Improvements


  • CMV-22B Airfield Improvements
  • Miramar
  • Airfield Security Improvements
  • Vertical Landing Pads and Taxiway

San Diego

  • Harbor Drive Switching Station
  • LCS Mission Module Readiness Center
  • Pier 8 Replacement (INC)

Camp Pendleton

  • Ambulatory Care Center Replacement

U.S. Special-Ops Command:
Camp Pendleton

  • SOF Human Performance Training Center-West
  • SOF Motor Transport Facility Expansion
  • SOF EOD Facility - West
  • SOF Marine Battalion Company/Team Facilities 


  • SOF ATC Applied Instruction Facility
  • SOF ATC Training Facility
  • SOF NSWG-1 Operations Support Facility
  • SOF Close Quarters Combat Facility
  • SOF Basic Training Command
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