Kentucky & Tennessee delegation include defense projects in government funding bill
March 14, 2022 – Projects secured in this year’s congressional funding bill will help improve the quality of life for soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell. A release sent out by Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Friday said the senator was proud to secure $73 million for the renovation of Vietnam War-era barracks at Fort Campbell. The dated barracks, which house the 1st Brigade Combat Team, are the last of the VOLAR style barracks on the installation.
“This is exciting news and we are thrilled to know that this additional funding will allow for the acceleration of renovations of these barracks,” said Kelli Pendleton, President/CEO of the Campbell Strong Defense Alliance. “We are grateful to our lawmakers from both Tennessee & Kentucky who understand the critical role that Fort Campbell plays in global defense and who work hard to ensure that our soldiers have the resources they need to be successful.” Funding for these upgrades has been a priority for the Campbell Strong Defense Alliance.
Pendleton also noted how beneficial it is for the region to have legislators who serve in important roles and on critical committees. “We have the Senate Minority Leader, members on both the Senate & House Armed Services Committee, Appropriations, Oversight, and many more,” said Pendleton. “When it comes to Fort Campbell, the state line can often prove to be beneficial.” Senators representing Kentucky are Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul and representing Tennessee are Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator Bill Hagerty. Fort Campbell also resides in the House Districts for Representative Mark Green (TN-7th District) & Representative James Comer (KY-1st District).
The Campbell Strong Defense Alliance is a regional, non-profit organization of local business, community, and retired military leaders who share a unified vision to support Fort Campbell, strengthen the regional economy, and serve the military population of Kentucky & Tennessee. For more information about the Campbell Strong Defense Alliance, go to www.fortcampbellstrong.org