Rogers, Hal

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Sentinel Echo - Rogers secures $1.8 million for National Guard Readiness Center in London

London, KY, January 4, 2010 -

By Staff Report, The Sentinel Echo

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, has announced Congress has approved more than $1.8 million to complete the Kentucky National Guard Joint Operations Support Center in London.

Through Rogers’ efforts, the Readiness Center will be able to complete construction on important infrastructure. President Obama signed H.R. 3288, the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act into law on Dec. 16, 2010.

“Equipping and staging our guardsmen so that they can respond in a moment’s notice is critical to protecting the Bluegrass atate,” Rogers said. “The London Readiness Center gives the Kentucky National Guard a strategic outpost and operations center to meeting the counterdrug, emergency response, and mobilization challenges head-on in our region. As we experienced this past spring, as some of our counties and communities were ravaged by rising waters and flash floods, help can never be too close to home.”

This funding will provide two additional aircraft storage buildings at the London Readiness Center. At the conclusion of this project, the unit will be able to respond more quickly and in a much more efficient manner. Since 2006, Rogers has secured more than $13 million for the Readiness Center, which serves as a regional outpost for training, recruitment, public safety, and counter-drug activities throughout southern and eastern Kentucky. The location, immediately off Interstate 75 and accessible to London’s airport, reduces the logistical demands of the Guard fulfilling its key mission of emergency preparedness. With the new facility, the Guard can more effectively respond to security threats as well as floods, fires, and other potential natural disasters.

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers works to secure funding for important initiatives in the Fifth Congressional District.

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