VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Carteret County was the recipient of a $650,000 grant to implement shoreline & infrastructure protection measures on Radio Island, North Carolina. As a Special Area of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS), Radio Island will benefit from the project’s restoration of a beach and dune system to mitigate erosion problems.
The Department of Defense announced the award of 13 grants totaling approximately $60 million under the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program by the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. These infrastructure projects benefit local installations, supporting of service members, their families, and the Department’s missions. The awards derive from Fiscal Year 2021 appropriated funding, and leverage an additional $68 million in non-Federal funding for a total investment of $128 million.
Grantees are working with the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, as amended, and may commence ground disturbing activity upon notification from the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. The Defense Community Infrastructure Program is authorized under 10 U.S. Code § 2391 and received appropriations in FY20.
“As an interagency partner of Carteret County, we appreciate how this award will help restore the beach for the recreational community, as well as improve access to Navy facilities in the area. This project will have a direct impact on mission readiness, our ability to support the warfighter, the interoperability of our Navy and Marine Corps team and is the essence of what Intergovernmental Support Agreements (IGSA) are all about. It is a win-win for both Carteret County, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek FT Story (JEBLCFS) and the U.S. Navy as a whole. Our team is very grateful to have been selected from a wide field of competitive applicants,” JEBLCFS Installation Commander Capt. Michael Witherspoon said.