The funding would support the planning and design of new facilities in Penobscot and York counties
Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $4,400,000 for the Maine National Guard in the draft Fiscal Year 2023 Military Construction appropriations bill. The bill, which was officially released by the full Senate Appropriations Committee today, must still be voted upon by the full Senate and House.
“The brave men and women of the Maine National Guard are a key component of our national security and are always ready to assist our state and keep residents safe when disaster strikes,” said Senator Collins. “This funding to begin planning for these two new facilities would enhance the Maine Guard’s readiness and training capabilities, while additionally ensuring modern and safe working environments, improving energy efficiency, and reducing maintenance costs. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to champion this funding as the appropriations process moves forward.”
$1,400,000 would support the planning and design of the Maine National Guard Woodville Training Center in Woodville. Currently, the Maine Guard lacks range operations capability to conduct standard Individual Weapons Qualification and Crew Served Weapons Qualification within the State of Maine.
$3,000,000 would support the planning and design of the Maine National Guard Southern Maine Readiness Center in Saco. This facility will provide modern readiness, training, administrative and logistical space needed for the 488th Military Police Company, 243rd Engineering and Installations Squadron, and the 265th Combat Communications Squadron.