Army Spending $5.5 Million on Eglin Hurricane Rebuilding

The Army's Sixth Ranger Battalion plans to break ground this week for new buildings at Eglin Air Force Base that will replace those damaged by hurricanes.

A Headquarters Company Command Post, dive locker, motor pool, boat storage and repair facility and Junior Enlisted Quarters will be built at Camp James E. Rudder. It's the first new construction there in more than 20 years and is set to cost $5.5 million.

The camp is in a secluded corner of the base, which covers 724 square miles of forests, swamps and beaches in the Florida Panhandle.

Rangers conduct small boat operations and river and swamp crossings during the final phase of their 61-day training course at Camp Rudder.

Other phases are conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia, and in the mountains of northern Georgia.