WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped secure a $7.4 million investment for Camp Ravenna in the President’s budget proposal released today. The investment would help construct an automated multipurpose machine gun range at the Camp. Brown wrote to Secretary of Defense James Mattis in January to request the funding. Congress announced a bipartisan budget agreement last week, and Brown will continue working to ensure Ohio military installations are prioritized throughout that process.
“The national guardsmen and women serving our country at Camp Ravenna deserve the best tools and facilities available as they train for future missions,” said Brown. “This investment will provide important support to our Citizen-Soldiers at the joint training center and the entire National Guard, and I will continue working to secure it in the final budget Congress passes next month.”
In 2015, Brown helped secure funding for improvements to the Camp’s indoor firing range facility in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The funds improved the existing training for both overseas contingency operations as well as routine preparedness.
In 2014, Brown announced $5.2 million in federal funds for the Camp to extend the Ravenna water/sewer line. This infrastructure and utility funding is crucial to the growth of Camp Ravenna, which the Ohio National Guard continues to expand and develop as a major training site.