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Posted 9/28/2017

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By Dave Palmer
Los Angeles District


LAS VEGAS – From quality of life to mission critical operations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District's Las Vegas Resident Office ensures projects are flying high at Nellis Air Force Base. 

The Desert Eagle Recreational Vehicle Park is adding 82 full service RV spaces with an overflow area. 

"That will bring the total to 229 spaces," said Pete Pupparo, resident engineer. "An additional 40 primitive campsites are plumbed for possible future development as well." 

Known as the "Home of the Fighter Pilot," Nellis is also adding state-of-the-art hangars, aircraft maintenance units and fueling stations. 

In support of the F-35A Lightning II, a 2,068 square meter aircraft hangar and a 2,125 square meter AMU are under construction. 

"We're also constructing an 1,850 square meter AMU for F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft," Pupparo said. "This is a certified LEED Silver project." 

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program is how the U.S. Green Building Council rates a project for its design and achievement in categories like sustainability, water efficiency, energy conservation and design innovation. 

The fueling system will have a maximum pumping capacity of 2,400 gallons per minute. To feed the thirsty birds, the project includes two 420,000 gallon aboveground operating storage tanks. 

"We're replacing a Jet Propellant 8 fuel line," Pupparo said. "The upgrades will greatly increase refueling capabilities for 25 multi-aircraft revetments and six bomber outlets." 

Also in various stages of planning or early construction are live ordnance loading areas, airfield paving, and perimeter roads. 

"It really is an incredible time here, and an awesome place to work," Pupparo said. "It really makes my day when I catch a sortie of aircraft taking off."

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