Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) today announced that the House is moving forward with funding for new military construction projects on Fort Carson associated with the new combat aviation brigade (CAB). The funding is moving through the House on a two-track process: through an appropriations bill and an authorizing bill. Yesterday, the House passed the FY 2014 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill that appropriates $264 million for Fort Carson projects. Today, the House Armed Servics Committee is debating the National Defense Authorization Act, which when passed, will authorize the Department of Defense to move forward with the proposed military construction spending at Fort Carson.
The Military Construction Appropriations bill includes $244 million for the new CABand $20 million for the 10th Special Forces Brigade.
"These actions in Congress reflect a strong committment to Fort Carson's mission. The House recognizes the unique role the Mountain Post plays in our nation's defense and is willing to fund expansion at the post. I will work closely with Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet to fight for these dollars in the final funding and authorizing bills that reach the president's desk." -- Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Fort Carson officials expect the new 2,700-soldier and 113-helicopter unit to be operational in 2015.