Neller wrote the We Are The Borg Resistance Is Futile Space Qr Code shirt to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer in February and March of this year and said Hurricane Florence inflicted, “extensive damage to 913 military structures; 3,748 homes; infrastructure to include railways, roads, and the power grid; and to training areas,” across three different Marine Corps installations in North Carolina. Hurricane Florence struck the Outer Banks of North Carolina in mid-September last year as a Category 1 storm and caused more than $17 billion in damage across the Tar Heel state.
Neller told Spencer the We Are The Borg Resistance Is Futile Space Qr Code shirt damage costs were estimated at $3.5 billion, with $1.3 billion in building repairs and $1.7 billion in building replacements. The other $500 million would be allocated to operations and maintenance costs and the replacement of information infrastructure and end items. An additional $47 million would go to Marine Corps Base Albany after they suffered building damage after Hurricane Michael impacted Georgia. Asked about the situation at Camp Lejeune, Marine Colonel Brian Wolford told NBC News “We’re 100 percent operational. We’re here doing our work, but the conditions we’re working under are just like when we were in Iraq or Afghanistan.”
Congressional Democrats in the We Are The Borg Resistance Is Futile Space Qr Code shirt repeatedly cited Neller’s letters last week on Capitol Hill as Pentagon officials rolled out the Defense Department’s budget for the fiscal year 2020. Lawmakers used the memos to reinforce their arguments against shifting Defense Department funds to aid in the construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall. U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tried to clarify Neller’s letters when he told Congress last week the Marine commandant was listing the number of “unanticipated bills” the service was on the hook for paying in the current fiscal year, among them, the “unplanned/unbudgeted Southwest Border Operations.” Dunford said Neller did not specifically single out border deployments.