U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement celebrating today's groundbreaking of the long-anticipated Moon Township commissary:
"For nearly a year, I have worked with other members of Congress and the Defense Department to move this project forward, and I'm pleased ground will be broken on this important project today. Southwest Pennsylvania has a rich military history and tradition of service, and this commissary will serve as another way to provide for those who've given so much for our country," Sen. Toomey said.
Retired Air Force Colonel Jerry Kintigh, chairman of the Western Pennsylvania Coalition for Job Retention and Military Presence, thanked Sen. Toomey for his work on the project.
"I appreciate the hard work and determination that Sen. Pat Toomey has shown on this project over the past year and a half," Kintigh said. "This is an important step toward the construction of the commissary and exchange, but we have much work to do. The construction of the new commissary has been and will remain a critical project for the nearly 170,000 military eligibles in the region. This project will serve not just the Army but all branches that proudly serve their country from their homes in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia."
The Moon commissary replaces one in Oakdale and is expected to be completed in October 2013.