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Rep. Young Votes In Favor Of Defense Appropriations; Secures Millions For Alaska

Washington, D.C. - Alaskan Congressman Don Young voted Dec. 16 in favor of H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010.  This bill includes a 3.4% military pay increase, $29.2 billion for the Defense Health Program, $154 billion for the Defense Operations and Maintenance account, and $101.1 billion for ongoing efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Additionally, it contains $37,040,000 in projects for Alaska, home to five major military installations.  

"Alaska is home to multiple military bases," said Rep. Young.  "They will benefit greatly from these appropriations.  In this time of war, we must continue to fund these types of projects so that our technologies can continue to expand.  I am very proud of the many courageous Alaskans and their families serving our country, and I hope that this support will help them continue with the good work that they are doing."    

The following are projects Congressman Young secured for Alaska:
  • $2,400,000 -- Synthetic Liquid Fuels, Fairbanks North Star Borough
  • $2,400,000 -- Under-Vehicle Inspection System, KRD, Inc., Homer
  • $800,000 -- Expandable Rigid Wall Composite Shelter, Alkan Shelters, Fairbanks

Through work with Members on both sides of the aisle (see letter), Rep. Young was able to secure the following provision in H.R. 3326:
  • Provision in the Manager's Statement requiring the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress the impact of Sec. 811 DoD Authorization Bill has had on contracts with Native corporations and on the efficiency of defense contracting process and if this provision creates an excessive administrative burden on the contracting personnel.

Other funding set aside for Alaska military projects:
  • $19.58 million -- enhancements to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex
  • $1.4 million -- Mobile Cleaning Reclaim Recycle System (MCRRS) Program, Palmer
  • $2.4 million -- Alaska National Guard Counter Drug Program
  • $500,000 -- Permafrost Tunnel, Fairbanks
  • $1.6 million -- Future Tactical Truck Carbon Composite Shelter and Retrofit of Current Vehicle Shelters, Alkan Shelters, Fairbanks
  • $1.3 million -- renovation and retrofit of 168th Air Refueling Wing hangar and support facilities, Alaska Air National Guard, Eielson AFB
  • $1.1 million -- Security and Information Technology enhancements, Fort Greely Post enhancements
  • $1.56 million -- improvements to the command and control capabilities of the Alaska Command, Elmendorf AFB
  • $2 million -- Anchorage-based Venture Ad Astra for its development of a system/network to enhance precision location, guidance, and navigational capabilities of U.S. weapons.
  • Clarifies the military status of World War II Alaska Territorial Guardsmen as active service for the purposes of retirement
  • Provision allowing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) funds to be used for training range improvements and upgrades including the Alaskan range.  Without this provision, Alaska would have to compete with all other infrastructure in the Army and Air Force to make improvements through MILCON.

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