Odierno Outlines Army’s FY2013 Milcon Request
The Army’s $3.6 billion request for military construction programs in fiscal 2013 supports the service’s “most critical needs” despite representing a 23 percent drop in funding compared to the current year’s allocation, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno told the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee March 1.
“These reductions, both domestically and overseas, have caused financially prudent project deferrals, but despite these reductions, we continue to put a heavy emphasis on funding critical infrastructure, sustainment, restoration and modernization of our failing facilities,” Odierno told the lawmakers.
The largest domestic project in the request is $192 million for barracks at West Point, N.Y., to house growing cadet numbers there, reported the Army News Service. The request also includes $85 million for expansion at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.; $22 million for a digital multipurpose training range at Fort Stewart, Ga.; $39 million for a vehicle maintenance shop at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; and $91 million for a wastewater treatment plant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Odierno said the service would help recommend criteria for a new round of BRAC if Congress approves the department’s request. “We do have an opportunity to shape this as we move forward and we will work very closely with the commission and then with Congress as we do this,” he said.
Odierno’s testimony, along with that of the witnesses representing the other services and DOD, is available on the committee’s website.