Dec 17 2007

Shelby Secures $123 Million For Redstone Arsenal

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced funding for projects for Huntsville included within the 2008 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  The bill is included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008 and will soon be voted on in the House of Representatives.  The Senate will consider the bill following approval by the House of Representatives.  It will then be sent to the President for his consideration.                                                 
Military Construction

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

“Once again, the value of the Software Engineering Directorate (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.”

Base Realignment and Closure

·$7.2 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,” said Shelby.  “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 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.”