November 10, 2015

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce, Following Their Push, Funding For The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station In Military Construction Appropriations Bill Has Passed Congress & Is Now On Its Way To The President's Desk - Legislation Includes $7.7 Million Facility Upgrade

Current Squadron Facility Must Be Updated To Better House Remotely Piloted Aircraft Weapons Systems & Training And Communications Operations Major Facility Upgrade Will Bring Squadron Operations, Flight Training, Communications Maintenance Activities Under One Roof At State-of-the-Art Center Schumer, Gillibrand: NFARS in Western NY Will Get Upgrade It Needs & Deserves

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that several New York priorities incorporated into the Military Construction appropriations bill have passed Congress and are now on their way to the President’s desk. Specifically, the bill includes $7.7 million to convert the current squadron operations facility into a fully mission-capable operations center. This major upgrade will bring squadron operations, flight training and communications maintenance facility under one roof at this state-of-the-art building. This efficiently reuses an existing facility, brings together all operations at one facility and increases security by having all operational functions housed in the same location.

“The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is a strategic base for the dedicated men and women serving in both our Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. However, the current squadron facility needs a major upgrade so the base can bring operations, communications and flight training all under the same roof. This will not only improve efficiency by ensuring our service members have the state-of-the-art operations center they need, but also help keep our nation safe and increase security at the base. I am pleased this $7.7 million in funding has now passed Congress, and I will continue fighting for it until it has been signed by the President,” said Senator Schumer.

“The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station has the capabilities and resources to continue to play a vital role to our national defense,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “NFARS is a strategic base that benefits both the total Air Force; and these federal resources are critical to provide necessary construction upgrades to ensure the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station remains a state-of-the-art facility.”

These facility upgrades are funded by the military construction program in military construction and veterans administration's appropriations bill.