Senate Committee approves $27.5M for Special Ops training at Stennis
by MBJ Staff
Published: May 22,2014
HANCOCK COUNTY — More than $27.5 million has been included in a Senate spending bill to further develop Special Operations forces training facilities at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill today. The measure is now cleared for consideration by the Senate.
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, supported the inclusion of $17.2 million to expand the Western Maneuver Area, a 3,800-acre Special Operations training area that opened in June 2008 at Stennis. The senator also endorsed a $10.3 million appropriation to support the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School, also at Stennis.
“The Special Operations facilities at Stennis have proven to be so useful that it is a struggle to schedule time for all the forces that can benefit from training there. The improvements that this bill would fund would help resolve that long-range problem and assure better training capacity for military personnel,” said Cochran, who is also vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
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