WASHINGTON, DC - Congressmen John Hostettler and Steve Buyer said they were pleased with passage of the Military Construction Appropriations bill that includes $11.4 million for a military construction project at Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center.
The funding will completely fund the construction of the Joint Ordnance Engineering and Logistics Facility, allowing Crane to consolidate operations and personnel currently scattered among seventeen different buildings and save millions of dollars in operational costs.
Hostettler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Buyer made a joint request for the funding.
"Once again, the House recognizes that Crane's work is vital to the mission of the U.S. Navy in the 21st century," Hostettler said. "This state-of-the-art facility will bring together Crane's experts who are currently making do in separate and aging facilities."
"The future of this nation's military will involve less quantity and more diversity in weapons development, maintenance and eventual demilitarization. Construction of this project will greatly facilitate Crane's ability to provide this kind of electronic ordnance logistics and management support for the warfighter," Buyer added.
Also included in the bill was $15.2 million for chemical demilitarization at the Newport Army Ammunition Plant's ammunition demilitarization facility and $2.8 million to enhance readiness centers at Camp Atterbury.
Rep. Buyer, a former member of the House Armed Services Committee, represented Newport for a number of years. Due to redistricting, the Newport facility is now in the 8th District.