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Kingston Secures Vital Funding for Kings Bay Naval Base

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) today announced the inclusion of more than $6 million for Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. The funding, included in the National Defense Authorization Act, will expand a facility key to the National Weapons Security Program.

"As Kings Bay continues to grow, securing funds like these is vital to making sure our troops have what they need to do their job," Congressman Kingston said. "We've made a concerted effort since September 11, 2001 to increase the safety and security of those responsible for protecting our nuclear arsenal. This facility will help ensure their safety as well as the safety of the communities surrounding Kings Bay."

This high-tech, high-security facility will serve as the command and control center. In addition, it will provide exercise and recreation spaces as well as extended housing for Marines and navy personnel while on duty.

"Kings Bay's Marine Corps Security force has nearly doubled in size with about 400 new soldiers," Congressman Kingston said. "This facility will maximize their effectiveness by removing the restraints the current facility imposes. If we want to provide for Kings Bay's continued growth, we've got to ensure they've got the proper facilities and equipment to provide for the folks they've already got."

The bill, which passed the House today by a vote of 384-23, must now be taken up in the Senate before being signed into law by the President.


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