FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is in line for a multi-million dollar upgrade.
As part of the National Defense Authorization Act, the base’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) will receive more than $180 million in funding.
Included in that money, $61 million to go towards starting construction, this fiscal year.
Ohio Representative Mike Turner welcomed the move as necessary to help NASIC’s critical missions.
“This is, if not the largest, one of the largest single construction projects and expansions at Wright Patterson Air Force Base,” Turner said.
“this is strictly a size issue and capabilities issue. NASIC currently has a nearly new facility that they’re occupying just because of the increased mission and jobs, they’ve outgrown that facility. that’s a good sign for us at Wright-Patt air force base and it’s certainly is a good sign for our national security.”
Turner says the Act is expected to be adopted by the house this week, before it goes on to the Senate.
Senator Rob Portman said in a statement: “This defense bill is a win for our efforts to rebuild our military, a win for our troops, and a win for Ohio as well.”
Senator Sherrod Brown said: “This bill will make sure Wright-Patt’s highly-skilled workers can continue to do their jobs and help meet our national security needs.”