WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped secure a $7.4 million investment for Camp Ravenna’s Joint Military Training Center in a pair of defense bills. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the Senate is expected to pass this evening, authorizes the money while another bill released by a key Senate Committee appropriates it. The investment will support construction of an automated multipurpose machine gun range at the Camp.
Brown will continue fighting for the funding as the Senate and House work to merge their two authorization bills into one package that can become law later this year.
“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.”
Brown has been working to secure funding for Camp Ravenna’s Joint Military Training Center.
In March, Brown joined Sen. Rob Portman (D-OH) and the Ohio Delegation in urging Secretary of Defense James Mattis to select Camp Ravenna as the East Coast Missile Defense site. And in February, at Brown’s urging, the President included the $7.4 million investment for Camp Ravenna in his budget proposal.
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.