Washington, D.C. - $230 million is headed to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after President Bush’s signature on Monday of the Defense Authorization Bill. The $230 million in Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction funds was appropriated in December but separate legislation was required to authorize the spending. Miami Valley Congressman Michael Turner (OH-03), a leading advocate for Wright-Patterson’s funding on both the House Armed Services Committee and the Defense Authorization Conference Committee, said he was glad to see the final funding come home.
“With this bill signed into law, Wright-Patterson becomes the number one U.S. Air Force Base in BRAC construction funding for Air Force operations,” Rep. Turner said. “This $230 million investment into Wright-Patterson and the Dayton region will prepare our base for the additional 1,000 jobs we are soon to receive. To put this money in perspective, the $230 million Wright-Patterson is receiving is the equivalent of the funding for the Schuster Center, Riverscape, and Fifth Third Field combined, with another $56 million left to spend.”
Specifically, the BRAC funds will go toward the construction of important facilities at Wright-Patterson such as: the Aero Medical Research Laboratories, facilities for the Air Force Research Laboratories, and the Air Force School of Aviation Medicine. The $230 million investment will better prepare Wright-Patterson for the over 1,000 jobs it is due to receive as a result of BRAC.
“The expansion of Wright-Patterson is important to job growth for the Dayton region and will benefit Southwest Ohio for many years to come,” Congressman Turner said. “Our base is vital to our military success and this federal funding is an investment in our future.”
Congressman Turner has been a steadfast supporter of Wright-Patterson’s BRAC funding. Earlier this year, Congressman Turner testified before the House Budget Committee to advocate for the importance of the funding to the entire Dayton region. The $230 million was included in both the House Appropriations Bill and the House Defense Authorization Bill which passed with Turner’s support. As Ohio’s sole member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Turner was named to the House-Senate Conference Committee which ultimately resolved differences between the two chamber’s versions of the Defense Authorization Bill.
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