This week, I introduced legislation that would enable the National Guard, and federal agencies performing homeland defense activities, to directly contract with the Wisconsin REACT Center at Volk Field for training purposes. This will increase training capacity and capabilities at the center, and create local jobs.
Providing our National Guard units and public service employees with increased opportunities to train at the Wisconsin REACT Center is just plain commonsense. It's a win for the military and service personnel who will be better prepared to safely work in the field and a win for the community, who will see local job creation.
Only four facilities, including the Wisconsin REACT Center, currently provide emergency management and disaster training to both civilian and military personal. However, under current legislation, the Wisconsin REACT Center is limited from contracting directly with the National Guard and federal agencies. Under my bill, H.R. 5620, any military or federal organization training for homeland defense activities will be able to directly contract with the Wisconsin REACT Center for this training.
With the opportunity to train more agencies, including the National Guard, the Wisconsin REACT Center will be able to further expand their training program, creating seven full-time positions and increasing the part-time instructional staff from the current 24 positions to approximately 70 positions.
The Wisconsin REACT Center is located near Volk Field. State of the art classroom facilities for 100 persons and a 15 acre training ground enable the Center to accommodate and train personnel needed in emergencies.