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Air Guard, VA Center to get stimulus funds

March 20, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard is slated to receive $4.3 million for a C-5 avionics shop, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced Friday.

The 12,500-square-foot facility at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport will be used for the repair and testing of C-5 navigation equipment, according to a press release from Byrd's office in Washington.

Completion of the project will reintegrate critical maintenance facilities, which were separated during initial construction of the C-5 hangar complex, Byrd said.

The money is coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) of 2009.

In a separate announcement, Byrd said four Department of Veterans Affairs' Medical Centers in West Virginia, including the Martinsburg campus, will share more than $20 million for repairs and upgrades to their facilities.

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The VA facility off Charles Town Road will receive the bulk of the money, with an allocation of $11.1 million, Byrd said.

The funding will be used for a variety of projects, including renovating an emergency room; replacing heating, cooling and ventilation systems; and upgrading outpatient waiting areas, labs, and rehabilitation units, Byrd said.

"This funding will help enhance these VA Medical Centers so that they can continue to provide quality care to those who have so ably and honorably served our Nation," Byrd said. "This stimulus funding, through the Veterans Health Administration's facilities account program, will not only upgrade and renovate portions of these facilities, but will also help create and retain jobs throughout West Virginia."

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