Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Mike Turner continued to fight for Southwest Ohio and Wright Patterson AFB in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015.
This comprehensive legislation includes major provisions authored by Congressman Turner that have a significant impact on WPAFB and our region.
“It was an honor to advocate on behalf of Southwest Ohio and Wright Patterson Air Force Base in this year’s 53rd consecutive NDAA.
This bill is a product of a truly bipartisan effort on the part of the House Armed Services Committee and I’m proud of the work we were able to accomplish for our military and for the American people.
In addition to authorizing the funding necessary to provide our military with the certainty required to protect and defend our national security, the FY 2015 NDAA takes a series of important steps forward in both research and innovation and ensures that our service men and women have the protection they deserve,” said Congressman Mike Turner.
Sexual Assault in the Military
"This year’s NDAA includes all provisions of the FAIR Military Act, which I originally authored and introduced along with Congresswoman Tsongas. These provisions take unprecedented steps in our ongoing fight to eliminate sexual assault from our military and require specific action in the areas of prevention, protection, and prosecution."
Military Child Custody
"I was proud to include language in this year’s NDAA that ensures the parental rights of our servicemen and women are protected and that current and future deployment will not influence child custody decisions.”
Unmanned Aerial Systems
“Our region is an epicenter for innovative research in the expanding field of Unmanned Aerial Systems. I authored provisions included in this year’s NDAA that create the potential for the full airspace of our Ohio/Indiana UAS Test Center to be recognized and utilized to its maximum capacity."
"The FY 2015 NDAA recognizes the necessity of the Abrams Tank to our national security and authorizes an additional $120 million for Abrams Tank upgrades. This provision keeps the production lines open in Lima, Ohio and ensures that our skilled, technical workers are protected."
"One of the NDAA’s most significant accomplishments recognizes the importance of NASIC’s location at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and supports the mission and vital intelligence NASIC provides for the Department of Defense."
Click here for a full text of the bill: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20140519/CPRT-113-HPRT-RU00-HR4435.pdf