Adobe Stock / Tobias Arhelger
Adobe Stock / Tobias Arhelger

The Catalina Island Conservancy has selected the Pentagon's Innovative Readiness Training program to complete the replacement of the 3,000 foot-long Catalina Runway 4/22, a project valued at over $5 million. The project is one of the largest concrete endeavors for the Marines, who typically do small scale repair work. To prepare, two concrete pads were installed to help Marines properly learn how to work with concrete and rebar. Workers will begin pouring concrete in mid-January and expect to complete to runway in three months.

The Pentagon’s Innovative Readiness Training program started 25 years ago to bolster military readiness while helping local needs. Communities, including remote Native American and Alaska Native villages, request medical, veterinary, cybersecurity, construction or engineering support. Missions often are assigned to reserve units.

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