Hoeven Works Through Appropriations Committee to Secure $10.8 Million in Funding for Regional ND National Guard Facility

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, on which he serves, has approved $10.8 million in the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriation bill to replace an outdated North Dakota National Guard regional facility in Valley City.

The bill was approved today by the subcommittee and now goes to the full committee and then the full Senate for final approval.

“This new facility is an important piece of infrastructure for our National Guard, which plays an important role not only in our nation’s defenses around the world, but also in responding to disasters at home,” Hoeven said. “We worked in committee to make sure our Guard has the tools they need to do their job.”

The committee approved funding for the construction of a new North Dakota National Guard vehicle maintenance, training and administrative facility in Valley City. The current facility consists of 3,230 square feet, and as the Defense Department noted in its long term construction plan, the facility no longer meets the needs of the National Guard in North Dakota and cannot be expanded. 

The new 45,000- square-foot facility will allow Guard units to meet operational readiness and training objectives, provide adequate training areas, administrative space and space for physical fitness, supplies and parking. The new facility will also meet the requirements of Americans with Disabilities Act and Anti-terrorism Force Protection guidelines.