More than $155 Million for Tennessee Military, Reserves Priorities
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced Senate passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 Defense Appropriations Bill.  This legislation provides funding for military activities of the Department of Defense (DOD), including a 3.1 percent pay raise for military personnel, operation and maintenance of weapons and facilities, weapons procurement, and research and development.  Included in the legislation is more than $155 million for Tennessee military priorities.
“Tennessee is leading the way in military infrastructure and technological advancement,” said Frist.  “These projects are an investment in cutting edge technologies that will make our military more effective and maneuverable while also keeping our troops safe.  I’m proud to have worked with Senator Alexander to ensure our nation’s military has the resources it needs to keep American safe and win the War on Terror.”
Some of the key Tennessee projects in the FY 2006 Defense Appropriations Bill include:
 $37.5 million for the Army National Guard to provide necessary technical and system enhancements to Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Prophet Ground Vehicles and Up-Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) trainers.  This equipment will help to maintain personnel training and combat readiness.
$5 million for the Air Force Minority Leaders Program.  Tennessee State University is part of a university led consortium to advance materials and sensor technology development for the Air Force. 
$2 million for the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area for the Tennessee Army National Guard.  Tennessee ranks among the top marijuana and methamphetamine producing states in the nation, and the Tennessee Army National Guard has successfully stopped production in many areas of rural Appalachia.  These funds will expand eradication efforts and sustain ongoing enforcement activities.
$2.5 million for Plasma Discharge Medical Device Sterilization research conducted by Atmospheric Glow Technologies in Knoxville, This research will dramatically improve sterilization capabilities for highly mobile medical forces. 
The House passed its version of the bill earlier this year and the bills will now go to a conference committee so that differences can be resolved.

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