WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Michael R. Turner announced today that $14 million dollars in funding for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base cleared an important step by passing through the Appropriations Committee. Once passed, the $14 million will go toward the construction of a new security forces building at Wright-Patterson. Additionally, several other important community projects in Hillsboro, Lynchburg, and more passed through committee markup.
Currently, Security Forces at Wright-Patterson are located in a facility originally constructed in 1934 as a garage. After undergoing numerous renovations, the decaying facility lacks a separate prisoner entrance, processing room, and crime scene investigation training area. The new Security Forces building will consolidate operations for the 88th Security Forces Squadron near a primary base entry gate, greatly improving the response time of the Security Forces to many areas of Wright-Patterson.
“Federal support for Wright-Patterson is critical in helping the personnel there fulfill their mission,” Congressman Turner said. “Wright-Patterson is also a critical economic engine for our region. The renovation of the Security Forces Building is just one of the exciting changes happening out at Wright-Patterson.”
The Turning Point Applied Learning Center in Hillsboro has been allotted $97,000 in funding by the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee. The funding will go for employment training for offenders who are reentering society. Turning Point works with community, school, and agency partners to assist people in gaining economic self-sufficiency through an innovative program that combines classroom instruction with actual manufacturing work experience. Students are required to work at Turning Point for 32 hours a week.
The Lynchburg Police Department is currently slated to receive $30,000 in equipment replacement and modernization funding under the Community Oriented and Policing Services (COPS) program. The funding will be used to provide the police department with new computers.
“After working with community leaders and local institutions, these projects demonstrated both great need and widespread consensus. I am confident that these projects will prove to be greatly beneficial for our region,” said Congressman Turner. “Today’s committee markup is an important first step in the process of bringing each project to fruition.”