Even though a federal budget for fiscal year 2018 has yet to be finalized by Congress, a Senate committee has passed legislation that will include $8.6 million for the construction of a National Guard readiness center in Las Cruces.
The legislation, sponsored by New Mexico Senator Tom Udall, has won the approval of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Congress must now approve the new federal budget by October 1 or risk a government shutdown.
As proposed, Udall’s legislation would allow for the construction of a 34,825 square foot training facility and hangar at the New Mexico National Guard’s site near the Las Cruces International Airport.
That facility would be used by the National Guard’s C Company, 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment.
With the funding secured, construction on the center most likely would begin next February and be completed by October of 2019.
By Garry Boulard
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