Mr. FARENTHOLD. I rise today to express my concern regarding the reduction in funding for Army depots and arsenals contained in the Defense appropriations bill that we're debating today on the House floor. Army studies have shown that these reductions will have a lasting negative impact on the Army's organic industrial base.
I have the privilege of representing the Corpus Christie Army depot, known as the ``best kept secret in the Army,'' saving taxpayers millions of dollars. It costs about $6.7 million to repair a crash-battle damaged Blackhawk versus $17 million for a new one. In fiscal year 2011, a record production year, CCAD produced more than $47 million in cost savings for the Army. The depot shares a great relationship with the community, employing over 6,000 civilian, 56 percent of whom are veterans. The Army depot serves as the world's largest facility for the repair and overhaul of Army aviation helicopters. Without CCAD, the Army would be unable to sustain maximum combat power for the warfighter.
I look forward to working with the committee and the chairman to address these concerns and ensuring the Corpus Christie Army depot and others depots and arsenals continue to play a vital role in maintaining the readiness of our military.