National defense funds approved

Five community funding requests specifically benefiting Alaska were included in the National Defense Authorization Act conference agreement passed by the House in the second week of December, said Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska. The bill passed the senate on Dec. 14 and now heads for the president’s desk for signature.

The legislation includes:

  • $5 million for the Alaska National Guard to plan and design a National Guard Readiness Center in Camp Carroll on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.
  • $5 million for the Alaska Aerospace to continue the United States Space Force Rocket Systems Launch Program’s ongoing SRP-4 contract for enhanced flight and logistic planning.
  • In addition, the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $7 million for a Tactically Responsive Launch/Deployable Spaceport to be developed in Alaska.
  • $3 million to help complete the final phase of a multi-year modernization of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permafrost Research Station, located near Fairbanks.
  • $2 million for the University of Alaska to conduct research to promote resilience and reduce suicide in active and active reserve military service members on rural, remote and isolated installations.