WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) helped pass the final Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, which includes $13 million to replace the fire station at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base. Earlier this summer, Brown helped secure the authorization of these funds as a member of the NDAA Conference Committee. That bill authorized the spending, this bill provides the actual $13 million investment.
Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base is home to the 179th Airlift Wing, which has performed critical airlift missions throughout the globe. The new facility will ensure the fire station has an adequate ventilation system for engine fumes, and a women’s locker room and restrooms.
The version passed by the Senate today has already been reconciled with the House and will be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law as soon as the House votes on final passage.
“Ensuring the women and men at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base have the facilities they need to carry out their mission is critical to our national security and to Mansfield’s economy,” said Brown. “This investment will provide important support to the 179th Airlift Wing.”
Brown has been working to secure funding for Mansfield Lahm ANGB. Last year, in meetings with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Air Force Secretary Dr. Heather Wilson, Brown pressed for upgrades to the C-130H planes flown at Mansfield Lahm ANGB.
In June 2015, Brown co-sponsored an amendment offered by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) that would support jobs at Mansfield Lahm ANGB by calling on the Air Force to coordinate with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to meet safety and compliance regulations by the 2020 deadline.