Senate Authorizes $138M For Fort Drum Projects


Some big money could be headed to Fort Drum now that the U.S. Senate has authorized $138.2 million for projects at the local post.

New York's Democratic Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made the announcement Wednesday.

They said the money would be used to build 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 Tuesday.

Federal defense spending must be authorized before it can be appropriated.

The legislation must be reconciled with the House of Representatives version before passing both chambers and signed into law.

Schumer and Gillibrand said the 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.

Sunday, December 11, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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