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Service member pay raises, nearly $300 million for ENC military projects included in DoD spending bill

Senior Airman Brittany Auld/U.S. Air Force

The Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act passed last week, and it includes several provisions that benefit military installations and service members in eastern North Carolina.

North Carolina Congressman Don Davis said the most important is a provision to stop the Air Force from eliminating F-15E aircraft at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and cutting the 520 jobs that come with them.

The bill also includes a 19.5% pay raise for junior enlisted service members (E-4 and below) and 4.5% basic pay increase for all other service members.

Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. said the funding package includes $295 million for installations in eastern North Carolina.

In addition, Murphy said the bill addresses chronic underfunding of housing maintenance to address poor conditions like sewage overflows, gas leaks, and mold.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.