Defense Appropriations Bill moves forward for President Trump’s signature
U.S. House Representative Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) released a statement expressing extreme pride in the bipartisan legislation that moves forward to the President’s desk funding for Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake.
Rep. Cook, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps who also has been awarded a Bronze medal and two purple hearts, says he holds this issue near and dear to his heart.
In an area that is larger than the state of Rhode Island, sits China Lake, the United States Navy’s largest single landholding, characterizing 85% of the Navy’s land for weapons and armaments research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation (RDAT&E) use and 38% of the Navy’s land holdings worldwide. To get China Lake back to what officials call a mission capable status, China Lake will need every dollar of the approximately $2.3 billion in military construction funds and $627 million in defense appropriations funds that will be required to rebuild critical infrastructure, command facilities, and equipment.
The list of replacement facilities includes Hangar 3, the airfield’s largest building, and Hangar 2. Construction, including replacement, repair, or upgrades that could take as long as two to three years, once funding is secured, and eventual design/build plans are completed.