Watertown, SD—U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) Appropriations Subcommittee, helped break ground today at the National Guard Readiness Center in Watertown. Earlier this year, Johnson announced that the Readiness Center would receive $25 million as part of the FY2011 spending bill to build a new, larger facility to meet increased readiness and training goals.
“I am glad to be on hand as the National Guard in Watertown celebrates the groundbreaking of this new facility,” Johnson said. “I supported the new Readiness Center as Chairman of the Military Construction and VA Appropriations Subcommittee because our National Guard needs the proper resources to train. Even though it is a tough fiscal climate, we need to prioritize important facilities like this. ”
President Obama included the funding for this project as part of his FY11 budget request, and it was included in the budget passed by Congress in April. The new Readiness Center will help the South Dakota National Guard meet increased readiness, recruiting, retention, and training objectives. The current center is too small to meet the growing demand.
Today’s events were part of a series Johnson is attending across South Dakota during the Congressional District Work Period. Johnson has already visited Dakota Dunes, Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Pierre, Ft. Pierre, Howard and will be visiting many other communities during the month.
For more information on Senator Tim Johnson visit his website at http://johnson.senate.gov.