Washington, D.C. -- A dilapidated Wyoming Army National Guard maintenance facility located at Camp Guernsey will be replaced with a new, updated building, Wyoming's Senators announced Tuesday.
U.S. Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi said that the Military Construction Appropriation bill conference report that passed today, 87-3, contains the $13.9 million dollars they requested and needed to complete construction and bring the facility up to code. The U.S. House approved the spending measure on July 29.
The Camp Guernsey Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS) is a multi-purpose repair center where all Wyoming Army National Guard vehicles are repaired and overhauled. The current, and often repaired facility, is 50 years old. Camp Guernsey is one of two facilities nationwide that handles military supplies for the Guard.
The delegation won approval for the new facility to address severe health, space, electrical and safety problems at the current site.
"The process for funding a new facility has been a long time coming, but this investment should finally bring this critical facility up to snuff in terms of providing the high level of military readiness, operations and safety the army guard mission requires," Thomas said.
"I'm pleased to see that the Band-Aid and bailing wire upkeep approach to the current building is finally coming to end," said Enzi. "The Wyoming National Guard performs tasks vital not only to our state, but helps defend the nation. It stands to reason that Camp Guernsey should have adequate facilities."
The Military Construction Appropriations bill will now be sent to the President for his expected approval.