(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Senator Patty Murray today announced that she has secured more than $165 million in construction projects for Washington state military bases in the Fiscal Year 2005 Military Construction Appropriations bill. Murray, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted for the Senate bill today at a meeting of the full committee.
"Today, we funded key projects that support thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen based in Washington state and their families. These projects will provide modern, safe, and efficient facilities for our military to work and train," Murray said. "In addition, several projects will greatly improve the quality of life for our men and women in uniform and their families."
Senator Murray secured the following projects in the Senate FY 2005 Military Construction Appropriations bill:
Fort Lewis Military Reservation
This complex of buildings will provide living quarters for 200 soldiers in the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, with classrooms, headquarters facilities, and storage for field gear, supplies, and weapons.
Chapel/Education and Family Resource Center
This Chapel complex will provide a 600 seat sanctuary, and a 579 seat Education/Family Resource Center for soldiers and their families. Its central location makes it ideal for family support, command information and additional community support activities for all of North Fort Lewis. By 2008, approximately 10,000 soldiers and 1,800 family members will live and work on North Fort Lewis.
Homeland Security and Defense Instructor Support Complex
These funds will provide the design and construction of a 6,200 square foot auditorium and instructor building. It will be located on Camp Murray adjacent to the State of Washington Emergency Management Center and the current Joint State Headquarters Readiness Center and will be an essential part of the Homeland Defense/ Homeland Security training.
Fairchild Air Force Base
Family Housing Privatization
This project will privatize military family housing on Fairchild Air Force Base. A private developer will build or renovate a minimum of 596 homes for military families and provide community improvements such as playgrounds, utilities, and roads.
Bremerton Naval Complex
Bachelor Enlisted Quarters
This project constructs on base living quarters for 792 sailors homeported at Bremerton. This effort is part of the Navy “Homeport Ashore” program to provide quality accommodations for single sailors while they are in port versus cramped shipboard accommodations.
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Aircraft Carrier Maintenance Complex
This vital waterfront facility will support aircraft carrier overhauls at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Intermediate Maintenance Facility. It will optimize the integration of production workers, project managers, and logistics support for aircraft carriers being overhauled in dry dock and at the pier.
Bangor Submarine Base
Process and Storage Complex
This project will fund a complex of new buildings and security upgrades to protect vital assets on base.