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      Money for new barracks at Camp Grayling in Defense Authorization Act

      If the bill is signed by President Obama, construction on the barracks could begin in the late spring or early summer of 2014.

      Camp Grayling, in Crawford County, will be receiving $17 million for the construction of new barracks as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

      The bill gained final passage on Thursday.

      If the bill is signed by President Obama, construction on the barracks could begin in the late spring or early summer of 2014.

      "Opening that additional 700 really nice bed space will draw more people, more units, to Camp Grayling has a direct impact to the northern Michigan community", said Colonel Erich Randall, the camps commander.

      Camp Grayling hosts more than 10,000 personnel annually for a variety of training events.

      Current facilities were constructed in the 1950s and camp officials say this military construction project is required to provide adequate facilities for the Michigan National Guard and other military personnel.

      The bill earmarks $223.9 million for the family of Medium Tactical Vehicles.

      AAR Mobility of Cadillac, Meritor of Troy, and a number of other Michigan companies are involved in the production of FMTVs.