YARS, Camp Ravenna in Line for $12.7 Million

WASHINGTON – Two area military bases stand to receive $12.7 million in the fiscal year 2016 House Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, or MIL-CON.

The bill appropriates $9.4 million to Youngstown Air Reserve Station to upgrade its outdated indoor firing range and $3.3 million to the Ravenna Joint Military Training Center for a modified record fire range. The MIL-CON Appropriations Bill passed the House Appropriations Committee by a voice vote and is awaiting a vote by the full House of Representatives, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13 Ohio.

“This funding will give our airmen and soldiers the training facilities necessary to remain combat ready and complete their missions,” Ryan said in a statement. “Each and every day, the men and women stationed in Youngstown and Camp Ravenna put their lives on the line for our safety and it is our job to give them the resources they need. I am proud to have supported our airmen and soldiers through my position on the House Appropriations Committee and I’ll continue to work to ensure these vital funds get to YARS and Camp Ravenna.”

Replacing the current range at YARS would provide year round training, meeting absolute mobility standards to fight the war of terrorism, according to Ryan’s office.

The design for the Camp Ravenna range includes a complete support package of facilities consisting of a range tower, ammunition breakdown building, classroom, operations building with a range storage facility attached, a small dining area and a latrine.

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