With Support of CT National Guard, Rep. Courtney Encourages House Appropriators to Fully Support President Biden’s Budget Request for a New Putnam Readiness Center
NORWICH, CT—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) wrote to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and other Appropriations Committee leaders to strongly encourage support for President Biden’s budget request of $17.5 million in federal funding for a new Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG) Readiness Center in Putnam, CT. The new Putnam Readiness Center would primarily support the CTARNG’s 643rd Military Police Company and its training, administrative, and logistical requirements. Currently, CTARNG’s 643rd Military Police Company is stationed at an armory in Westbrook, CT, which was built in 1955 and does not meet current anti-terrorism and force protections standards
The Biden Administration’s FY 2022 budget request was submitted to Congress on Friday, May 28th, and includes a request for $17.5 million for construction of the new Putnam Readiness Center. This effort has the full backing of the Connecticut National Guard, and of their adjutant general, Major General Francis Evon.
“We greatly appreciate Congressman Courtney’s efforts with regards to funding construction of the Putnam Readiness Center,” said Major General Evon. “As we have seen over the past several years, the need for the National Guard to rapidly respond to weather and security events has increased dramatically, while we also continue to generate forces for deployment overseas in support of federal missions. COVID-19 highlighted that the Guard is vital to securing lifelines and infrastructure in our communities. Construction of the Putnam Readiness Center gives us a presence in northeastern Connecticut that we have not had in well over a decade and provides us a staging base to respond to our communities in the ‘Quiet Corner’ much faster when hours and minutes count.”
In his letter, Courtney wrote to Appropriations Committee Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12), and to Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) and John Carter (TX-31), the Chair and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, to encourage them to fully support President Biden’s request for the Putnam Readiness Center:
“As you work to develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, we write to request your full support of the President’s budget request of $17.5 million in Army National Guard Military Construction funds for a new Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG) Readiness Center in the town of Putnam, Connecticut,” wrote Congressman Courtney.
“Construction of the Readiness Center will be on land owned by the State of Connecticut that has already been secured and prepared with state-matching funds. Design of the Readiness Center will be completed by August 2021. If the President’s budget request for the 45,000 square foot Readiness Center is approved, the CTARNG anticipates award of the construction contract prior to mid-2022.
“If the Putnam Readiness Center is not funded, the CTARNG’s ability to meet its readiness and training objectives will continue to be adversely affected. The lack of proper training, storage, and administrative areas will continue to impair the attainment of required mobilization readiness levels as well as emergency response capabilities.
“With your support for this portion of the President’s FY 2022 budget request, the Soldiers of the CTARNG will be provided a modern facility with adequate troop areas, interior and exterior, capable of supporting their training, administrative, and logistical requirements. We urge your support for the President’s FY 2022 budget request on behalf of the men and women of the CTARNG, and safety and security of the citizens of Connecticut and the United States.”
To read Rep. Courtney’s full letter in support of the new Putnam Readiness Center, click here.