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Defense Bill Passes House

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) today announced passage of the National Defense Authorization Act in the House. The bill, which outlines defense programs and military construction for the coming year, includes $430 million in funding for Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

"Fort Stewart and Hunter are transforming to become first class international training centers," Congressman Kingston said. "This investment in their future is part of the preparation for the new brigade but it's also another sign that Fort Stewart is on track to be the next Fort Bragg. Our prime location and the great community support for these installations are vital to the continued growth."

The funding provides the necessary resources for a brigade of 3,900 soldiers which will be in place by 2013 as part of the Grow the Army initiative. They come as part of 8,000 additional troops stationed at the base since 2003 as a result of the initiative as well as BRAC.

"From new barracks and a dining facility to a child development center and physical fitness facility - these soldiers will be welcomed with top of the line facilities," said Congressman Kingston.

Projects contained for Fort Stewart include:

- $121 million for barracks and dining facility

- $30 million for a brigade complex

- $36 million for brigade/battalion headquarters

- $20 million child development center

- $75 million for company operations facility

- $59 million for infrastructure

- $22 million for physical fitness facility

- $2.3 million for a shoot house

- $67 million for vehicle maintenance shops

In addition to the new construction at Fort Stewart, the bill provides $3.5 million to replace a fuel storage tank at Hunter Army Airfield in order to improve efficiency and prevent leakage.

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