Carter Remarks at FY24 Budget Hearing for the Air Force and Space Force Military Construction and Family Housing (As Prepared)

Apr 20, 2023

Today’s hearing is on the Air Force and Space Force fiscal year 2024 budget request for military construction and family housing.

It is a great pleasure to be here today with Dr. Ravi Chaudhary, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and Environment; Mr. Bruce Hollywood, Assistant Chief Operations Officer, United States Space Force; and Brigadier General Brian Hartless, Air Force Director of Civil Engineers, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection.

Our ability to project air power in the Pacific is critically important, and we need to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure to do so, whether it be maintenance hangars, training facilities, or runways. Additionally, our Guardians need adequate facilities to work in and childcare options that meet the needs of their demanding, 24 hour a day schedules.

This subcommittee understands the important connection between infrastructure and readiness and the effect it has on our Airmen, Guardians, and their families.  I look forward to discussing how the budget request balances these priorities. 

I thank each of you for being here today and for your support and dedication to our Nation’s Airmen and Guardians.