Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) was pleased to announce today that the Department of Defense has included $19 million in their Fiscal Year 2004 budget amendment to complete the revitalization and renovation of McChord Air Force Base’s Mission Support Center (Building 100). Smith is committed to making sure these funds are authorized and appropriated.
“This is a very exciting indication that the Defense Department recognizes the crucial role that McChord plays in the defense of our country and our ability to project power overseas,” Smith said. “In recent military operations, airlift capabilities proved critical; this project enhances McChord’s ability to serve that key role. I’ve argued for years that we need to modernize our military and invest in tomorrow's technology, to ensure that America's fighting men and women have the tools and equipment they need to fulfill their missions. Today’s announcement means that McChord will be better prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow and meet the tasks we ask of them – we’re giving them the tools they need to support missions and win.”
Many of McChord AFB's vital mission and community support activities, including the Mission Support Center which serves as the hub of all McChord AFB mission support activities, are in substandard, uneconomical and non-upgradeable WWII or Korean War wood frame facilities that were originally constructed as barracks.
This project revitalizes 247,000 square feet of space, creates a consolidated customer service center, improves the quality of the workspace for more than 650 personnel and will modernize the facility's structural (seismic), electrical, water, sewer, communications and HVAC systems.
Smith has worked with McChord on this much-needed project since coming to Congress in 1996. In Fiscal Year 2002, he was able to get $15.8 million appropriated for Phase I of this project. Today’s language inclusion will enable McChord to complete the project.