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Senator Murray Secures Funding to Build New Quality Control Facility at Fairchild Air Force Base

Jul 14 2010

Murray includes targeted investment in Military Construction bill to replace deteriorating facility that tests and calibrates the equipment local airmen and women rely on

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that she has been able to steer $4.85 million in federal military construction funding back to Spokane to help build a new quality control facility at Fairchild Air Force Base. The funding would construct a state-of-the-art Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL) at Fairchild to replace and outdated and deteriorating facility. 

“This funding will support one of the least noticed but most important jobs at Fairchild,” said Senator Murray. “This funding will help to test and retest the equipment our service members rely on to keep themselves and all of us safe.”

The current PMEL is located in a wood-framed, deteriorated building built in 1943 where it is difficult to maintain the laboratory conditions necessary to perform delicate calibrations and repairs to sensitive equipment.  This facility also suffers from failing roofing, heating, plumbing and lighting systems. It is also in close proximity to a Command Post with multiple antennas, which generates interference from electromagnetic and radio frequency signals. 

“Second rate facilities won’t cut it and we can’t wait for bureaucrats in Washington D.C. to finally respond to the needs of service members in our own backyard,” Murray said. “I’m proud to fight for a new facility that will allow our service members to have accurate and reliable equipment.”

The funding, first announced today by Senator Murray, is now included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Military Construction Appropriations Bill. The funding was requested by Fairchild leadership and will fully fund construction of the new PMEL. The funding was passed through the full Senate Military Construction Appropriations Committee today.