Alexander, Frist Announce Support for Military Construction Projects

Posted on November 18, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Fiscal Year 2006 Military Construction Appropriations conference report includes over $293 million to support military construction across Tennessee. The legislation funds projects that will improve Tennessee’s military infrastructure and aid our nation as we continue the War on Terror. “The War on Terror requires improved training facilities, a more efficient mobilization infrastructure, and greater support for our troops and their families, all of which this legislation provides,” Frist said. “The members of our armed services make great sacrifices for our nation, and we must ensure that they have the facilities and equipment necessary to support their work. Senator Alexander and I are proud of Tennessee’s contributions to our national security and will continue to support our troops.” “In addition to serving our country, the men and women of our military, Guard and Reserve serve as husbands, wives and parents. It is our responsibility to make sure our military families have the best possible housing, facilities and resources,” Alexander said. "Senator Frist and I appreciate the sacrifices our Tennessee military families make and will continue to provide the federal support they need and deserve.” Key Tennessee projects funded in the Senate version of the conference report include: $23.19 million for the Tennessee Army National Guard Headquarters in Nashville to continue construction of a readiness center. This project will provide much needed additional administrative, storage, and training space and complete a total renovation of selected areas of the current facility. $62 million for the Tennessee Air National Guard to complete two projects at the Memphis International Airport. Of the funding, $23 million will go to expand the C-5 aircraft parking apron and update the hydrant refueling system and continue upgrades to accommodate the C-5 aircraft. The remaining $39 million will be used to expand hanger and maintenance facilities required for C-5 aircraft. $28 million for privatized base housing, which will improve the quality of life for the military personnel and families at Fort Campbell. These funds will increase the efficiency of base housing construction and maintenance which will result in cost savings for the Department of Defense. $600,000 for Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn., to upgrade family housing facilities. $8.3 million for Fort Campbell’s main gate access point, which will provide greater force protection and meet the Department of Defense’s new anti-terrorism force protection standards. Funding will be used to replace the existing main gate access control point and improve access for soldiers and civilians arriving or exiting the installation. $206.7 million for Fort Campbell to complete eight military construction projects. Of the funding, $30 million will be used to build new group operations complex for the 5th Special Forces Group; $117 million to construct new barracks facilities; and $10.3 million to continue construction on a combined arms collective training facility.