Sep 25 2001

SHELBY ANNOUNCES MILITARY FUNDING FOR FORT RUCKER AND DOTHAN, ALABAMA

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) announces the Senate Appropriations Committee's passage of the Military Construction Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2002. Included in the bill at the request of Senator Shelby is significant military funding for Alabama and for Fort Rucker.

Included in the bill is $11.4 million for construction of a RAH-66 Comanche Simulator Training Facility on Fort Rucker, Alabama. It will contain academic training facilities, RAH-66 combat mission simulator systems, RAH-66 cockpit procedural trainers, administrative areas, classrooms, and workshops. The Comanche facility is critical to the future of Army Transformation and aviation training as well as an important addition for the growth of the Aviation Warfighting Center at Fort Rucker.

Also included is $2.4 million for construction improvements of Family Housing units on Fort Rucker, Alabama. These funds will allow for base housing infrastructure improvements that are critical to our military families and which have a direct impact on the recruitment and retention.

Senator Shelby also secured $11 million for the Alabama Air National Guard to replace the 280th Combat Communications Squadron Complex (ANG) in Dothan, Alabama. "I am pleased to announce these funds for Fort Rucker and Dothan," 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 2002 includes a total of $105.581 million for Alabama military construction projects.