Alexander, Frist Secure More Than $79 Million In Tennessee Military Construction

Posted on November 12, 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced Senate passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 Military Construction Appropriations Conference Report, which includes more than $79 million for Tennessee military construction projects. "This bill provides the resources necessary to help ensure our military and reserve forces are well trained and properly equipped to keep our state and nation safe," said Frist. "Projects for Nashville's Berry Field, Knoxville's McGhee-Tyson Airfield, and new barracks at Fort Campbell will help our soldiers fight the war on terrorism. This funding for Tennessee military construction is a critical investment in our troops." "This funding is critical to improving infrastructure that will help our troops as they fight to keep us safe," Alexander said. "We must provide our service men and women with the resources they need at home to guarantee they are housed, trained, and able to work in the best conditions possible." Overall, funding for Tennessee's military priorities was more than $22 million above the Administration's budget request. The Tennessee projects in the FY 2004 Military Construction Appropriations Conference Report include:
  • $49 million for Fort Campbell to fund phase II construction of a standard design barracks and operations complex. This will accommodate 372 soldiers, one brigade headquarters, two battalion headquarters and four company operations buildings.
  • $20 million in the Greater Nashville area for the Tennessee National Guard and the US Army Reserve, including $11 million for the Berry Field National Guard Base in Nashville to begin phase II of construction on a Composite Aircraft Maintenance Complex and approximately $9 million for a new Army Reserve Center.
  • $6 million for the 134th Air Refueling Wing located at McGee-Tyson Airfield in Knoxville, to construct a new combined Fire Station and Security Forces Squadron building. The new facility will consolidate the 134th Security Forces Squadron along with the 134th Air Refueling Civil Engineering Fire Department.
  • $5 million for the 164th Airlift Wing in Memphis to transform an existing aircraft fuel systems maintenance hangar into various maintenance shops to support the C-5 mission conversion. The 164th Airlift Wing currently operates and maintains eight primary assigned C-141 aircraft. The first of the eight C-5s will arrive at the 164th Airlift Wing in early 2004.
With House and Senate approval, the conference report will now go to President for his signature.