The U.S. Senate has authorized $138.2 million for the construction of facilities at Fort Drum, including a new specialty care clinic, a new aircraft maintenance hangar, and a complex for missile tracking technology.
The funding for construction is included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 that passed the full Senate late yesterday. The legislation must be reconciled with the House of Representatives version before passing both chambers and signed into law.
The military construction funding for Fort Drum would help complete the following projects:
• $95 million to construct a new aircraft maintenance hangar to support maintenance and storage of the Combat Aviation Brigade Aircraft at Ft. Drum. Additionally, the funding will help construct hangar maintenance bays and aircraft storage bays, as well as constructing a new control tower.
• $25.9 million to construct a new missile defense data terminal complex that would bolster the nation's eastern ballistic missile defense system.
• $17.3 million to construct a new specialty care clinic that would be used for primary care purposes. Ft. Drum has recently experienced an increase in personnel as a result of stationing actions taken by the Army.
“These funds will ensure that Fort Drum remains an integral part of our national defense, provide essential support to the men and women who serve our country in uniform, and provide a shot in the arm for the North Country economy,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer. The new clinic, hangar, and missile tracking complex will ensure that our brave Soldiers have the tools they need to keep us safe and strong.”
“This is a great investment for Fort Drum to help upgrade our military facilities, provide better resources for our Soldiers and attract new missions, while creating new construction jobs,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “This federal funding would help improve support services for the Soldiers stationed at Fort Drum and ensure our men and women in uniform have the very best facilities and opportunities. They and their families have sacrificed for all of us and we owe them for their incredible service.”