Nov 18 2005


Senate Approves FY 06 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced over $52 million for military construction projects in Alabama. These projects are included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill. The bill passed the Senate and now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.

The bill includes numerous projects that will benefit Alabama’s military installations. Senator Shelby was pleased to help secure funding for the following projects:

$20 million - Software Engineering Directorate (SED) at Redstone Arsenal

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the Senate recognized the value of the SED building for our Armed Forces. This two-phase project 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.”

“I believe this project will allow our warfighter to be more versatile by enabling him or her to trouble shoot and operate any comparable weapon system with a minimum of training. SED is the development, analysis, training, and proving ground for software in accomplishing this mission and is crucial in meeting the requirements associated with a ready force,” Shelby added.

$8.163 million – Marine Corps Reserve Center in Mobile

Senator Shelby said, “This is an important project, as this facility will serve as a joint readiness center for the Marine Reserve and National Guard in Mobile. It is important that our Guard and Reserve, like our Active Duty, train as we fight – jointly. Co-locating the two in Mobile will allow more interoperability between our Guard and Reserve while providing a cost savings to the government by consolidating the Guard and Reserve into one modern facility.”

$14.9 million – Maxwell AFB Lodging Facility

Senator Shelby said, “This is part of a several-phased dormitory construction project for the Squadron Officer College at Maxwell Air Force Base, which will provide state-of-the-art amenities to our Air Force personnel who are at Maxwell for professional education. The Squadron Officer College is an integral piece of professional military education and is a component of the Air University system. I am pleased that funding for continued construction of these facilities was included in the bill.”

$9.1 million – Air National Guard (Montgomery) Composite Operations & Training Facility

Senator Shelby said, “This facility will serve the 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field. The missions of the 187th Fighter Wing are to provide fully capable F-16 flying forces, people, and equipment to meet all of our worldwide military tasking, and provide personnel and resources to support the military, humanitarian, and civic needs of our State and communities. In a time when terrorists can strike anywhere, it is important that our homeland is as secure as possible and that we can react to events quickly. This facility will allow our Alabama fighter to react to a wide variety of military and homeland security needs – not just in Alabama, but throughout the southeast.”

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