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The following military construction projects were authorized:
- Child Development Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ($24.0 million) to provide day care services for dependent children of active duty, Department of Defense civilians, active duty reservist, and contractor personnel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The facility is intended to offer a safe and healthy environment for children ranging from infants through pre-school age (birth through 5 years old).
- Army Reserve Center Training Building at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ($19.0 million) to provide training facilities for 300 Army Reserve members. This project consolidates two aging and severely over-utilized centers into a new facility that is compliant with antiterrorism force protection requirements and meets training needs of eight Army Reserve units.
- Base‐Wide Microgrid with Natural Gas Generator, Photovoltaic & Battery Storage at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport ($4.7 million). This project will ensure energy resilience to 24/7 unmanned aircraft (MQ‐9 Reaper) operations and intelligence missions and provide base‐wide resilient power supporting facilities serving the Springfield Air National Guard Base.
Federal Policy and Administrative Initiatives Supported:
- Enacting legislation to help transfer ownership of the 37,000 square foot Avetec building in Springfield’s Nextedge Research and Applied Technology Park to the Community Improvement Corporation of Springfield and Clark County, paving the way for economic development and job creation in the county.
- Establishing under law that the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base serves both the Air Force and Space Force, helping to ensure that the base remains in the forefront of meeting educational needs of the Department of the Air Force.
State Laws Enacted to Improve the Quality of Life for Military Families in Ohio in Support of Defense Department Initiatives:
- Ohio House Bill 92: Requires public children services agencies to report child abuse or neglect in military families to the appropriate military authorities. This will ensure that Defense Department resources are made available to assist the military child and their parents or guardian.
- Ohio House Bill 244: Helps ease the transition for military families who move to Ohio by allowing local school districts to have students participate in both virtual school enrollments and advance enrollments as they prepare to move to a new military installation; also waives the proof of residency requirements until ten days after the student begins attending classes, providing some breathing room for military families who have many tasks to complete during a short timeframe when moving to Ohio.
- Ohio Senate Bills 2, 3, 5, and 7, Ohio House Bill 252: Enters Ohio into interstate occupational licensing compacts in the fields of psychology, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and audiology and speech-language pathology, eliminating the requirement for military spouses in these fields to get a new occupational license if they come from another state that is a member of the compacts.