Millions in funding awarded to Air National Guard
Larger equipment can mean more responsibilities. That may be the case at the Air National Guard in Martinsburg with the recent approval of more than $38 million in funding for Guard facilities throughout West Virginia.
In a prepared statement, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced last week that he added $2 million to appropriations legislation for design upgrades at the Martinsburg base, home to the 167th Airlift Wing. Another $3 million was included in the bill for planning and design of a joint Air and Army National Guard Center.
"The men and women of the West Virginia National Guard are our first line of defense in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack," Byrd said in the prepared statement. "The events of Sept. 11 have only confirmed the importance and necessity of well-trained and well-prepared citizen-soldiers.
"The National Guard is examining changes to its forces across the country. In order to best prepare the Martinsburg Air Guard for an expanded role, I have added $2 million to this appropriations bill for the planning of an airport runway extension and other facility improvements," Byrd said in the statement.