November 18, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Senate Approval of $84.5 Million in Military Construction Funding for Fort Drum

Funding Included in Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill Approved by U.S. Senate

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate has approved the Fiscal Year 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which includes a total of $84.5 million for projects at Fort Drum.

Now that the bill has been approved by the full Senate, it will go into conference with the House version before going back to the Senate and House and on to the President.

"Fort Drum is a fast growing base and this funding will vastly improve the infrastructure to improve conditions for the brave men and women stationed there," said Schumer. "We've cleared another hurdle in the appropriations process, and are that much closer to ensuring that the world-class troops at Fort Drum have the best facilities and latest equipment available. These funds will reaffirm Fort Drum's leadership at the forefront of defense for New York and the Nation."

"These critical federal dollars will help to upgrade our military facilities while creating good-paying jobs right here in New York," said Senator Gillibrand.  "Creating jobs in New York is my number one priority.  This funding will strengthen our economic recovery efforts and ensure our men and women in uniform have the very best facilities and opportunities.  They and their families have sacrificed for all of us and owe them for their incredible service."

The funding for Fort Drum will be allocated as follows:

$6.5 million for Water System Expansion
Funding will be used to construct replacement water storage tanks with cathodic protection systems. Storage is too low and pressure needs to be raised to meet minimum distribution system water pressure standards. Funding will change the existing pressure zones into five pressure zones, replace Water Distribution Lines, and connect fire hydrants to the existing potable water system.

$57 million for Barracks
Funding will be used to construct standard design barracks to house 466 unaccompanied Soldiers. Facilities will include information systems, fire protection systems and fire alarm control systems. Supporting facilities will include water, sewer, electric, gas, paving, walkways, storm drainage, site improvements and information systems.

$21 million for Transition Complex
Funding will be used to construct a standard design Warriors in Transition (WT) Complex to include WT Barracks, Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC), WT Administrative/Operations Facility and Special Foundations. Supporting facilities will include all necessary utilities, lighting, information systems, parking, sidewalks, roads, curbs and gutters, storm drainage, site accessories, landscaping, and other site improvements.