Sep 06 2007

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2008 Military Construction / Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala) today announced funding for several projects included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  This legislation, today passed by the Senate, will now go to a conference committee with the House of Representatives.

Military Construction

$20 million for Phase II of the Software Engineering Directorate (SED) at Redstone Arsenal.

“Once again, the value of the 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.”

$26 million for the Industrial Waste Treatment Plant (IWTP) Upgrade at Anniston Army Depot. 

“Funding for the Industrial Waste Treatment Plant will allow Anniston Army Depot to improve efficiency and also help it to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System environmental permit requirements.  The depot at Anniston is an important part of our state and our military equipment’s life cycle maintenance and I am pleased to know these funds will help them to continue their mission.”

$9.56 million for the Naval Outlying Landing Facility Runway Extension in Evergreen. 

“These funds will support Naval aviation by enhancing the airport’s ability to facilitate the Navy’s growing needs.”

$3.3 million for the Army National Guard Readiness Center Addition in Springville.

“This funding will help the Alabama Army National Guard in revitalizing its infrastructure and will support its training mission.  This addition reinforces our commitment to national security and to the men and women who serve our country.”

Base Realignment and Closure

$8.4 billion for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), including $139.7 million for BRAC related programs in Alabama. 

$30 million for the first phase of the Army Materiel Command (AMC) headquarters complex at Redstone.

“The relocation of the Army Materiel Command headquarters to Redstone Arsenal is a tremendous gain for our state.  Once this move is complete, AMC will be the first four star command at Redstone, bringing with it 1,800 jobs.  One of my highest priorities is to ensure that BRAC related moves continue on schedule, and I am pleased to know that this funding will allow AMC construction to begin on time.” 

 $73.6 million for construction of the Von Braun Complex Phase III.

“This funding is essential to begin construction of the third phase of the Von Braun Complex as well as mark the beginning of the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) major realignment to Huntsville,” said Senator Shelby.  “Upon the completion of this building, MDA will be able to relocate both military and civilian personnel in a state-of-the-art facility at Redstone Arsenal.  By consolidating major components of MDA to one location, they will be able to better serve our national interests of a strong missile defense.”

$36.1 million for the Joint Forces Headquarters Building in Montgomery. 

“Members of our National Guard and Reserve continue to play a vital role in the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Construction of the Armed Forces Reserve Center will enable these servicemembers to perform the necessary tasks to improve their readiness now, and in the future.” 


$18.5 million for a VA cemetery in Birmingham. 

“The funding for this new cemetery in Birmingham will help to provide additional burial space for our nation’s military veterans.  Roughly 10 percent of Alabama’s population is comprised of veterans, and I want to continue to ensure that their needs, and those of their families, are met.”