In the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY2022) appropriation bills, released today, Senator Reverend Warnock secured $12.5 million for a new helicopter apron at Valdosta’s Moody Air Force Base; $5 for military housing at Hinesville’s Fort Stewart, and $3.67 for cyber infrastructure at Augusta’s Fort Gordon.
Funding represents only part of the more than $95 million in direct funding for Georgia projects that Senator Reverend Warnock secured in the FY2022 government funding bill
Senator Warnock also secured $317 million in authorized funding for Georgia’s defense community in the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act
Senator Reverend Warnock: “I’m pleased to see projects I fought for that will help keep families in Georgia and America safe and promote Georgia’s central role in our nation’s military were included in the annual government funding bill”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) announced he secured a combined $21 million in the Fiscal Year 2022 government funding bill for additional military infrastructure repairs and improvements at Valdosta’s Moody Air Force Base, Augusta’s Fort Gordon, and Hinesville’s Fort Stewart.
“I’m pleased to see projects I fought for that will help keep families in Georgia and America safe and promote Georgia’s central role in our nation’s military were included in the annual government funding bill,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “Any federal investments in Georgia’s military bases are important not only for the base, but also for our national security and these bases’ local economies. I’m in regular contact with Georgia’s military base leaders, servicemembers, and base communities on how I can best service our state’s military bases and families.”
The $12.5 million in funding for Moody Air Force Base (AFB) will go towards constructing a new parking apron in support of 41st Rescue Squadron HH-60W combat rescue helicopters. The $5 million in funding for Fort Stewart will help complete planning and design for a new unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing facility to accommodate over 370 Soldiers. The $3.67 million in funding for Fort Gordon will go towards completing planning and design to modernize the Signal schoolhouse and construct a Cyber and Communications Network Training Facility. All of these projects are funded as part of the $95 secured by Senator Warnock for Georgia projects in the FY2022 funding bills. A full list of Senator Warnock’s approved Congressionally-directed spending requests can be found here.
The strong federal investments secured in this year’s government funding bills reflects Senator Warnock’s strong commitment to serving Georgia’s military communities, protecting our national security and improving conditions for the country’s military personnel. To that end, Senator Warnock has strong track record of advocating for Georgia’s servicemembers and veterans in the Senate, including: pushing the United States Air Force (USAF) to modernize the air fleet at Savannah Air Guard Base and Georgia Air Guard, and successfully confirming USAF’s efforts to bring new operational missions to Robins Air Force Base (AFB); pressing the Defense Department to protect Georgia servicemembers and military families from inadequate private base housing; conducting oversight of the Atlanta U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System, which services more than 126,000 Georgia veterans at more than 20 care facilities across north Georgia; and successfully pushing the Senate to direct additional funding to the Georgia National Guard and National Guard to cover holes in their budget incurred during their response to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.