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Sep 11, 2018

Tester Secures Funding for C-130 Aircraft Apron in Great Falls

Senator Pushes Air Force to Address MANG's Aircraft Apron Four Years Ahead of Schedule

(Great Falls, Mont.) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after securing $9 million to build a new aircraft apron to park the Montana Air National Guard's C-130s:

"The men and women of the Montana National Guard represent the very best of Montana while deploying to war zones and battling disasters here at home. This investment will strengthen the mission at the Montana Air National Guard and make sure that our C-130's stay in fighting shape for years to come."

Tester, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, met with the Montana Defense Alliance in Great Falls today to deliver the good news.

In May, Tester secured Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson's verbal commitment that construction for the C-130 apron would be funded by 2023 during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.

Shortly after, he followed up with a letter to Wilson urging the Air Force to address the C-130 apron before 2023. In July, Wilson replied that the project was underway, with estimated construction to begin in 2019 if the project secured funding.

Today, Tester secured that funding in a compromise appropriations bill that will fund military construction, water projects, the Legislative Branch, and the Departments of Energy and Veterans' Affairs.

After the Senate and House of Representatives passed separate 2019 Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs Appropriations Bills, both sides met to negotiate any differences and agree on a compromise bill. That bill is expected to pass the Senate and House of Representatives in the coming days before heading to the President's desk to be signed into law.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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