Congressman Mo Brooks Supports Redstone Arsenal Hazardous Munitions Clean Up & Army Rotocraft Fleet Modernization
Washington, DC— Tuesday, the House Armed Services Committee (“HASC”) Readiness Subcommittee passed its portion of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (“FY21 NDAA”). A member of the Readiness Subcommittee, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) supported passage.
By way of background, the NDAA has been signed into law 59 consecutive years & authorizes Department of Defense programs. The full House Armed Service Committee will soon debate the overall NDAA before sending it over to the Senate.
Congressman Brooks said, “The Readiness Subcommittee is responsible for the single largest account within the Department of Defense budget and oversees military readiness, training, logistics, maintenance, military construction, installations and family housing issues, and the BRAC process. The Readiness Subcommittee’s NDAA contains provisions that are good for both national security and the Tennessee Valley’s Redstone Arsenal community.”
Brooks continued, “I’m particularly pleased the Readiness Subcommittee’s base bill increases oversight of and expedites the critical Military Munitions Response Program (“MMRP”) that addresses and cleans up hazards associated with Department of Defense sites (like Redstone Arsenal) that developed, used or tested munitions or explosives. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense has historically used MMRP funds to address non-munitions related, environmental concerns.”
Brooks continued, “I am proud and excited to support the Army’s Future Vertical Lift program, much of which is done by Redstone Arsenal engineers, technicians, and scientists. The Readiness Subcommittee’s base bill requires a review of the material condition of the Army’s rotocraft fleet, challenges in fleet sustainment issues at both the depot and unit level, and Army plans to sustain rotocraft fleets to meet expected demand for combat aviation formations. As founder and Co-Chairman of the Army Aviation Caucus, I have every confidence PEO Aviation and supporting Army Aviation community will strike the proper balance between developing and fielding new aircraft and improving and sustaining current aircraft.”
Brooks concluded, “Key Redstone Arsenal agencies— namely Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, and U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command— rely heavily on access to the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll for missile and hypersonic weapons testing. This year’s Readiness Subcommittee base bill includes $32 million for Family Housing Replacement Construction on Kwajalein Atoll. There is currently a deficit of Kwajalein housing, and, unfortunately, many of the existing homes were not designed for the tropical climate, and have been plagued by improper ventilation, mold, mildew and rotting wood. When America asks members of our defense community to travel halfway around the globe to conduct tests critical to our national security, the least we can do is provide them with proper accommodations.”