Portman Announces President Will Sign Into Law Funding for Camp Ravenna

September 21, 2018 | Press Releases

$7.4 Million for New Machine Gun Range Included in Senate Funding Measure 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced that President Trump will sign into law the FY 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act conference report, which includes $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. This funding announcement follows the authorization Portman secured in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report for this investment in Camp Ravenna. Portman released the following statement: 

I am pleased that the president is signing this measure into law because it will help our National Guard units training at Camp Ravenna. A new automated multi-purpose machine gun range will give the Ohio Army National Guard an important, new, and much-needed training capability. It will provide our soldiers a realistic environment to meet their training requirements that currently is not available to them in the state of Ohio. As our men and women in uniform face dangerous threats around the world, it is important they have the necessary training, equipment, and facilities. I look forward to the president signing this legislation into law so these resources can head to Camp Ravenna soon.” 

NOTE: Earlier this year, Portman sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee requesting this funding in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Camp Ravenna. In August, the Senate passed the NDAA conference report, which authorized $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. Senator Portman is a strong supporter and advocate for Ohio’s military facilities and research institutions. These assets provide significant jobs and economic impact across Ohio and directly influence the national security of our country.  Forty-three of Ohio’s 88 counties are impacted by these facilities.  Ohio defense spending accounted for more than 66,000 direct jobs, more than $4 billion in salaries, and more than a $14 billion economic impact. Portman was awarded the Ohio National Guard Association’s Major General Charles Dick Award for Legislative Excellence for his years of strong support for the Ohio National Guard. 

For more on the key Portman priorities included in the FY 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act conference report, click here.

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