Feb 09 2016
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Defense and Co-Chair of the Senate Defense Communities Caucus, praised inclusion $29 million in the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2017 Budget for a new Readiness Center on Fort Leavenworth for the Kansas Army National Guard’s 35th Infantry Division.
“Fort Leavenworth is home to critical capabilities and infrastructure for our Kansas Army National Guard in addition to serving as the Intellectual Center of the Army,” Sen. Moran said. “Through the newly established Army University and as the base for our 35th Infantry Division in the Army National Guard, Fort Leavenworth is vital to our national security through education, training and development of future military leaders. The Kansas Army National Guard, Guardsmen from across the country, and the Leavenworth community will benefit from this investment in Kansas.”
Sen. Moran has emphasized prioritization of this project with the National Guard Bureau and the Department of Defense for several years. In March 2014, Sen. Moran received official explanations and timing that projected funding for fiscal year 2018. Over the past two years, Sen. Moran continued to advocate for funding of this important readiness center, and the funding was requested for fiscal year 2017.
The 35th Infantry Division is one of eight divisions in the Army National Guard. The 35th Infantry Division enjoys a training alignment with the 33rd Infantry Brigade, Illinois; 45th Infantry Brigade, Oklahoma; 48th Infantry Brigade, Georgia; 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade Nebraska; 142nd Fires Brigade, Arkansas; 35th Aviation Brigade, Missouri; 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Missouri; and 287th Sustainment Brigade, Kansas.