Sep 21 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR FORT RUCKER

Senate Passes FY 2005 Military Construction Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced Senate approval of the Military Construction Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2005. Included in the bill at the request of Senator Shelby is significant military funding for Alabama and for Fort Rucker.

“I’m pleased the Senate approved this important legislation," said Shelby. "These funds represent our commitment to national security and to the men and women who serve our country.”

$16.5 million for construction of an Aircraft Maintenance Hangar

These funds will provide for a pull-through aircraft maintenance hangar with overhead bridge crane and a full compliment of support and safety systems, apron, aircraft parking ramp and mooring points. The facility will also have technical shop space; parts storage; flammable storage; maintenance administration space; training/briefing area; and restrooms, showers, locker facilities and break room. This state-of-the-art hangar will replace three existing facilities.

$24 million for construction improvements for Family Housing Privatization

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that these funds have been included to improve housing and quality of life for our military families on Fort Rucker.”

In total, $98 million for Alabama Military Construction projects was included in the Military Construction Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2005.