Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center could be saved

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 10:53 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 4:28 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A bipartisan effort to keep the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center open marches on.

U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock visited the facility, which trains pilots from all over the country, in air-to-air fighter exercises to talk about his continued support for the center.

In a report filed this week by the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, they wrote they don’t support decisions to invest in upgrades for installations, only for them to be closed.

Today, Sen. Warnock stood in front of a nearly completed, $24 million hangar built specifically for the CRTC and talked about his briefing with airmen who’ve directly benefited from the CRTC training. He also touched on how vital keeping the center is, not only for national security, but also for the region.

“Absolutely, it helps. And I think the momentum is now moving in the right direction. But that did not happen without our advocacy. And so, I’m grateful that this has been a bipartisan effort, the Georgia Congressional delegation doing what’s right for our national security, and what’s right for the Georgia economy,” Sen. Warnock said.

The funding package that includes the CRTC still needs a full House Appropriations Committee vote, before it heads to the House and Senate for final passage.

“This is a major win for the First District, our military service members, and national security. The fight is not over, but this proves what Georgians already knew: the Savannah CRTC is an indispensable piece of the Air Force’s fighter pilot training,” Rep. Buddy Carter said in a statement.

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