Mar 03 2004

ARMY COMMITS TO KEEPING $14.6 BILLION IN ARMY AVIATION ACCOUNTS

Shelby questions use of funds in light of cancellation of Comanche

At a Department of Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today, U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) received a commitment from U.S. Army officials that they plan to keep $14.6 billion, the resulting savings from the cancellation of the Comanche program, in Army aviation accounts.

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased the Army, the White House, and the Office of Management and Budget have committed to ensuring that these funds will stay in Army Aviation accounts. This is extremely important to the continued success of Fort Rucker and Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation in Huntsville. It is expected that these funds will be used to buy 800 new aircraft, overhaul 1400 existing systems, and greatly accelerate the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program. I support this action taken by the Army, and I believe it will benefit the active and reserve aviation forces who are doing an outstanding job serving our country.”

Today’s commitment stemmed from questions Senator Shelby posed to Acting Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee and Chief of Staff of the Army General Peter J. Schoomaker during a Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing.