Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center Could Be Saved

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – A bipartisan effort to keep the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center open.

US Senator Raphael Warnock visited the facility, which trains pilots from across the country, in air-to-air combat exercises to talk about his continued support for the center.

In a report filed this week by the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, they wrote that they did not support decisions to invest in upgrading facilities, only for them to be closed.

Today, Senator Warnock stood in front of a nearly completed $24 million hangar built specifically for the CRTC and discussed his briefing with Airmen who have directly benefited from CRTC training. He also spoke about how vital the maintenance of the center is, not only for national security, but also for the region.

“Absolutely, it helps. And I think the momentum is now going in the right direction. But it didn’t happen without our advocacy. And so, I’m grateful that this was a bipartisan effort, Georgia’s congressional delegation doing what’s good for our national security and what’s good for the Georgian economy,” Senator Warnock said.

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

“This is a major victory for the First District, our military service members and National Security. The fight is not over, but it proves what Georgians already knew: the Savannah CRTC is an indispensable part of training Air Force fighter pilots,” Rep. Buddy Carter said in a statement.

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