Patty in the News

EVERETT -- Construction began last week on a $10.2 million training center at Naval Station Everett that will allow sailors to live here while they're home from deployment.

The 22,000-square-foot building will include an anti-­submarine-warfare training center, classrooms, office space and other facilities necessary to equip sailors for their jobs.

Sailors currently must travel to San Diego and other cities for training. That's time they could be spending with their families, said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who attended the building's groundbreaking ceremony Friday.

When sailors are not deployed, they should be able to spend as much time at home as possible, she said.

"I know they do not need the added stress of being separated from their families during training," she said. "I believe that strong families are good for our military, and they are critical to military communities like Everett."

Murray, along with U.S. Rep. Rick Larson, D-Wash., secured federal funding for the training center.

"This makes Naval Station Everett more valuable to the Navy," Larson said.

He added that about 200 jobs will be created during the building's yearlong construction.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and a panoply of military officials also extolled the virtues of the new training center.

"Everett loves being a Navy town, and Everett loves being the sailor's choice," Stephanson said. "That doesn't happen by accident."

- Everett Herald