FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2011
SCHUMER: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET INCLUDES $20 MILLION FOR CRITICAL TRAINING CENTER CONSTRUCTION AT ARMY RESERVE CENTER IN SCHENECTADY
Obama’s Budget Would Include Funding for Construction of Army Reserve Training Building, Vehicle Maintenance Facility, and More With State of the Art Anti-Terrorism Security Features
Funding Will Allow First-Class Training and Operations at Schenectady Facility; Enhance Soldiers’ Ability to Meet Critical Mission Requirements
Schumer: Essential Funding Ensures Our Troops Are Best Equipped to Protect Our Nation
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) budget includes $20 million in military construction funding for the Schenectady Army Reserve Center (ARC). This funding would be used to build an Army Reserve Training Building, a vehicle maintenance shop, and other facilities, all with anti-terrorism security features. This funding will construct first-class facilities at the Schenectady ARC, which will enhance training and operations and enhance the soldiers’ ability to meet critical mission requirements.
“This is terrific news for the troops at the Schenectady Army Reserve Center and the workers who will construct this important facilities,” said Schumer. “This funding will help ensure that our troops have the best facilities and latest equipment to help them operate effectively and protect our nation. This new training center will help our soldiers ensure they have top level qualifications, and will prepare them for the critical missions ahead that bring protection to our nation.”
This $20 million in funding will provide an entirely new set of facilities for over 400 personnel at the Schenectady Army Reserve Center. The construction will include an Army Reserve Center Training building, an organizational maintenance shop, a vehicle maintenance facility and more. The project will add 3 new acres of land and 60,000 square feet of space including administrative, educational, assembly, library, learning center, weapons vaults, a weapons simulator, and physical fitness areas for twelve Army Reserve units. The maintenance shop will provide work bays and maintenance administrative support space. The project will also provide for unit storage and adequate storage space for military vehicles. Physical security and anti-terrorism measures will be incorporated into the design including building setbacks from roads, parking areas, and vehicle unloading areas.
Schumer points out the significant positive impact of President Obama’s proposed funding. This Army Reserve Training Center construction will provide military units the proper facilities to allow the most effective training to complete mission requirements. This is a matter of national security, and Schumer applauds President Obama’s allocation of these funds.