Jul 17 2008

Committee Passes Fiscal Year 2009 Military Construction / Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced funding for several projects included in the $119.7 billion Fiscal Year 2009 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  This legislation was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

Military Construction

$16.5 million for the Systems Software Engineering Annex at Redstone Arsenal

Redstone Arsenal will use this funding to construct a Systems Software Engineering facility extension that will include laboratories, engineering work space, a high bay equipment test area and support administrative services.

“Once again, the value of the Software Engineering Directorate (SED) building for our Armed Forces has been recognized,” said Shelby.  “The SED building will provide support facilities for the Army’s expanding reliance on software automation and rapid data transfer across the full spectrum of materiel systems.  As the number and complexity of unique software systems developed and supported at Redstone Arsenal continues to increase, so does the requirement for adequate facilities to support them.”
$27 million for the Powertrain Transmission Repair Facility at Anniston Army Depot

The Anniston Army Depot will use this funding to construct a facility to overhaul and repair land combat vehicle transmissions.

Nearly all tracked combat vehicles used by our military are serviced at the Anniston Army Depot,” said Shelby.  “This facility will ensure that the Army has the most up-to-date facility available to conduct their mission-critical work.”

$18 million for the Small Arms Repair Shop- Depot Level at Anniston Army Depot

This funding will allow the Anniston Army Depot to convert an existing facility into a place to repair, overhaul and rebuild small arms.

One of the Anniston Army Depot’s missions is to repair and overhaul DoD and Coast Guard small arms,” said Shelby.  “Currently, the Depot’s facility is old, outdated, costly, and could become unsafe to the workers there.  This new facility will allow the Depot to provide soldiers with small weapons much more quickly.”

$15.556 million for an Air and Space Basic Course Combat Arms Training Facility at Maxwell Air Force Base

Maxwell Air Force Base will use this funding to construct an Aerospace Basic Course (ASBC) Combat Arms Training and Marksmanship (CATM) facility.

AThe ASBC CATM training facility will assist with projected new mission requirements associated with the Air Force chief of staff’s effort to revamp the ASBC curriculum,” said Shelby.  “Every ASBC student will now be required to complete Combat Arms Training and Marksmanship qualification while attending ASBC.  Funding for this project will greatly assist in the effort.”

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)

$46 million for the Rotary Wing Center at Redstone Arsenal

The move of the Rotary Wing Center from Fort Rucker to Redstone Arsenal was recommended as part of the 2005 round of BRAC.  This will consolidate efforts to enhance efficiency and productivity of rotary wing craft. 

“Relocating the Rotary Wing Center to Redstone Arsenal is a key component in the consolidation of assets recommended by the 2005 BRAC recommendations,” said Shelby.  “The addition of this Center will be a great benefit to the already strong aviation community centered at Redstone.”

$98 million for the Army Materiel Command & United States Army Security Assistance Command Headquarters, Increment II at Redstone Arsenal

BRAC ordered that the Army Materiel Command (AMC) and United States Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) relocate to Redstone Arsenal.  This funding will go towards the construction of their new headquarters.

“The relocation of the Army Materiel Command and USASAC headquarters to Redstone Arsenal are tremendous gains for our state,” said Shelby.  “Once the move is complete, AMC will be the first four star command at Redstone, bringing with it 1,800 jobs.  It is critical that BRAC related moves continue on schedule.”

$127 million for the Von Braun Complex Phase 3, Increment II at Redstone Arsenal

Von Braun III will accommodate 2,649 positions and will be the largest single building on Redstone Arsenal.

Upon completion, it will be an 840,000 single family facility housing 2,248 Missile Defense Agency positions realigned from Washington, D.C. as part of BRAC, as well as 240 Huntsville Missile Defense Agency positions and 161 Army Space and Missile Defense Command positions. 

“The BRAC recommendations are bringing large numbers of highly skilled workers to North Alabama,” said Shelby.  “It is extremely important that this building be constructed by spring of 2010 to allow the first 800-1,000 workers to move in.  I am pleased to see that funding for the construction of this important facility is on schedule.”