CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - It still has to be approved by the Senate, voted on by the House and signed by President Bush, but the Senate Appropriations Committee has requested $22.4 million for military construction at Letterkenny Army Depot for the 2009 fiscal year.
The markup of the appropriations bill for military construction was completed Thursday, according to a joint announcement from Pennsylvania's U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey.
At the requests of Specter, a Republican, and Casey, a Democrat, the committee included $7.5 million for modifications to ammunition igloos at the Letterkenny Munitions Center. The funds would modify 107 of the reinforced concrete ammunition bunkers, depot spokesman Alan Loessy said.
The depot has 902 igloos, built in the 1940s. In recent years, the depot has modified almost 100 of them.
Upgrades have included installing wider doors and removing steps to make them accessible to vehicles so they can handle the missiles and other larger ordnance now stored at Letterkenny.