U.S. Senator Evan Bayh today announced that he has secured nearly $50 million for construction projects at military installations throughout Indiana. The funding comes as part of the Military Construction Conference Report, which the Senate passed Tuesday. A significant portion of the funds will be used to construct and improve facilities for the Indiana National Guard. In addition, the improvements will help prepare Guardsmen to defend Indiana against potential terrorist attacks and will provide better training for members being deployed overseas to Iraq and the Balkans.
"The brave Hoosier men and women who are serving our country deserve the very best in military training," Senator Bayh said. "This funding will enhance the readiness of our men and women in uniform and provide an expanded homeland security role for the Guard in Indiana."
Of the $50 million, $15.5 million will go toward construction of a new Indiana National Guard Limited Aviation Facility in Gary, Indiana. The facility will house the Guard's medical company, weapons of mass destruction civil support team, an air evacuation unit, a meteorological type unit and five Blackhawk helicopters at the Gary/Chicago Airport. It will also provide 240 jobs for area Hoosiers.
Additional funding will go to the following installations:
- $11.4 million will go toward the construction of a Joint Ordinance Engineering and Logistics Facility at Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. Four-thousand Hoosiers currently work at Crane, the second largest naval base in the country. The additional research initiatives that this funding will allow Crane to undertake will help increase its value to the military and protect it from future base closings.
- $15 million will be used at the Newport Demilitarization facility.
- $2.8 million will be used for a Readiness Center Addition at Camp Atterbury. - $1.7 million will be used for a Readiness Center at the Elkhart Indiana National Guard installation.
- $1.5 million will be used for a Readiness Center at the South Bend Indiana National Guard installation.