Marine battalion headquarters gets $2.8M overhaul

HONOLULU (AP) - The military says it's finished a $2.8 million overhaul of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment headquarters at Kaneohe Bay.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii project manager Steve Butala says it's good to know the unit will have a dramatically improved working environment when it returns from a deployment to Afghanistan.

The unit left in May for a seven month deployment to conduct counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations as well as train Afghan national security forces.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command said Friday the building looks almost like new after hazardous lead-based materials were removed, new windows were installed, and other renovations were completed.

Federal economic stimulus funds paid for the overhaul.

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