WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised Senate passage the final FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report which includes a number of his key initiatives to support Ohio’s military installations. The report now goes to the president for signature. He released the following statement:

“This defense bill provides needed resources to rebuild our military, to support our troops, and to provide upgrades and support to Ohio’s defense installations. Our country faces significant security threats around the world, and this bipartisan legislation helps ensure that our soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines have the vital resources they need to accomplish their national security missions. Ohio is home to some of the best and brightest serving our country, and some of our nation’s premier defense installations. This important measure authorizes additional funding for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Camp Ravenna and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Northeast Ohio, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, and Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base. I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished in this bill for the Buckeye State’s military installations, and I will continue to support our men and women in uniform.”

NOTE: Portman announced that the final FY 2019 NDAA conference report includes a number of key wins for Ohio, including:

• Authorizing $1.5 billion in funding to upgrade 135, or 1.5 brigades worth, of Abrams tanks and $225 million for upgrading Stryker Vehicles at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC) in Lima

•Authorizing $182 million in funding for phase one and two of the modernization effort at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, including $61 million to begin construction this year

• Authorizing $7.4 million to expand training capabilities at the Ohio National Guard’s Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center with a new automated machine gun range

• Authorizing $8.8 million to relocate the main gate at Youngstown Air Reserve Station to both improve security and the flow of people and cargo on and off this busy facility

• Authorizing $13 million to replace the fire station at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base

• Authorizing $8 million to construct a small arms range at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base to improve the training capacity at the base

In total, the NDAA conference report provides $716 billion for national defense. The legislation also gives our service members a 2.6 percent pay raise, the largest in nearly 10 years.

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