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Yarmuth's Funding for Kentucky Air National Guard Approved by House of Representatives

 $600,000 will expand facilities used for military and Homeland Security missions

(Washington, DC) This afternoon, Congressman John Yarmuth’s (KY-3) request for $600,000 in funding for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s Contingency Response Group facility was approved by the House of Representatives. The funding will go toward expanding the Louisville-based 123rd Airlift Wing’s facility to house the new unit and for adaptations to allow the Wing to fully support military and Homeland Security objectives.

“By going door-to-door during the recent ice storm, the Guard’s Contingency Response Group showed again how it plays such a valuable role in keeping our families safe and secure,” said Congressman Yarmuth. “I am thrilled we can provide them with the support they need to expand their capabilities to carry out critical missions at home and abroad.”

The recently-activated Contingency Response Group has the capabilities to rapidly respond to major emergencies or natural disasters within a 400-mile radius of Louisville, providing relief and security support.  During the ice storm that struck the Commonwealth this past winter, members of the unit were deployed to check on local residents, identifying those with immediate needs and providing treatment.

Able to deploy to remote locations and quickly establish airfield operations, the unit also supports military and humanitarian missions worldwide, using the Guard’s C-130 aircraft.

The Kentucky Air National Guard’s Contingency Response Unit is one of only ten such units in the entire Air Force.

The funding is part of the FY2010 Military Construction and Veteran’s Affairs appropriations bill that passed by a vote of 415 to 3. The bill must now be approved by the Senate before heading to the President for his signature.