Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today voted for and the House passed the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which includes Rep. Graves’ provision directing the Army to offer a plan to modernize and replace its aging hangars at Hunter Army Airfield and other military installations.
“When I visited Georgia’s Hunter Army Airfield last year, I was surprised and concerned to see a WWII-era hangar in use by the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade,” said Rep. Graves. “The service members at Hunter have done a remarkable and innovative job to maintain the hangar for decades. Washington could learn a thing or two from their ingenuity, but it’s long past time to support the mission at Hunter with funding for a new hangar. Our nation has made a significant investment in the personnel and equipment at Hunter, and it only makes sense to house them in appropriate facilities. The military construction bill the House passed today included my provision directing the Army to develop a plan to install modern facilities at Hunter and other military installations across the country. I will continue working to secure funding to address this urgent need.”
The legislation also includes critical funding for other construction projects at military installations in Georgia, including: a Cyber Protection Team operations facility at Fort Gordon; an automated qualification training range at Fort Stewart; an Army Special Operations Command Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Facility at Fort Benning; a replacement medical clinic at Fort Gordon; and a Helicopter Maintenance Hangar at Moody Air Force Base.