Jun 27 2003

SHELBY ANNOUNCES MILITARY FUNDING FOR REDSTONE ARSENAL

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) announces Senate Appropriations Committee approval of the Military Construction Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2004. Included in the bill at the request of Senator Shelby is significant military funding for Alabama and for Redstone Arsenal.

Included in the bill is $20 million for construction of Phase III of the Von Braun Complex for the Missile Defense Agency. These funds will provide for initial design-build construction of a secure, consolidated administration and operations center to support 969 personnel assigned to MDA's GMD-JPO, the Missile Defense Data Center (MDDC), the Optical Discrimination Analysis Offices (ODA) and direct support contractor personnel.

Also included in the bill is $5.5 million for construction of a new Vibration Dynamic Test Facility. These funds will support the Aviation and Missile Command's test and evaluation mission.

“I am pleased to announce these funds for Redstone,” said Shelby. “These funds represent our continuing commitment to our nation's security and to the men and women who serve our country.”

The Military Construction Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2003 includes $54.08 million for Alabama Military Construction projects.