WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) awarded a $6 million grant to the City of Springfield to construct a facility for the National Advanced Air Mobility Center of Excellence (NAAMCE) at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. NAAMCE will be used by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, to conduct research, development, and implementation of warfighting technologies and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).

“In partnership with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, the City of Springfield is uniquely prepared to house the National Advanced Air Mobility Center of Excellence,” said Brown. “The Miami Valley has some of the most innovative technology and manufacturing talent in the country. We have the workers, we have Wright-Patt and AFRL, we have the passion, and with this investment, we will be able to keep up with our competitors around the world.”

Earlier this month, Brown sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urging him to consider awarding the City of Springfield’s application to bring the NAAMCE to Ohio.

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