Bringing financial support to the local economy and providing needed facilities improvement for the Ohio Air National Guard, Congressman Zack Space (OH-18) today announced that the Zanesville Air National Guard base will receive $1.35 million in federal dollars to replace the aging and inefficient heating and cooling systems.
“Making sure our men and women in uniform have the facilities, equipment, and support necessary to keep us safe is always a top priority,” Space said. “This project not only helps accomplish that goal, but also supports the local economy and jobs.”
According to Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt, the Adjutant General of Ohio, the Zanesville project was high on the National Guard's list of priorities.
"In February we asked Congressman Space for assistance through the budget process to fund this important project,” said Wayt. “It is the emphasis put on these projects by members of our Congressional delegation that helped identify projects for funding by the National Guard Bureau."
"We are pleased to be getting this type of assistance with some very important projects that will reduce our utilities costs and foster the readiness of our units," Wayt continued.
The funds are part of nearly $4.5 million in funding being provided to Ohio by the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. through their Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization (SRM) funding line. SRM funds are provided to the National Guard Bureau which then distributes the funds to the various states for capital improvements and maintenance.
Congressman Space has represented Ohio's 18th Congressional District since 2007. He is working to restore integrity to the office, create the conditions to bring new industry and jobs to Ohio, and support renewable energy.