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Airport Authority says taxiway project makes military training safer

Hurricane HuntersGULFPORT — The completion of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Taxiway B widening project will make the military apron more accessible for larger aircraft, according to the Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority.

The $3-million project improves safety by strengthening and widening the taxiway pavement for enhanced military operations making the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) more competitive for increased military activities and future deployments.

The project was funded by the Mississippi Development Authority, Federal Aviation Administration and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

“The teamwork between the CRTC and Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority to make this happen with a minimum impact on the airlines and military operations is once again a testament to the great partnership we have with our respective missions and the community,” said Col. John Ladner, Commander, Air National Guard CRTC.

The Combat Readiness Training Center is the premier Air National Guard training center in the U.S., with over 20,000 airmen, soldiers, sailors and law enforcement personnel training here annually, along with international allies. The overall economic impact of the ANG-CRTC is approximately $60 million, according to the Authority.

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