$2.9 million in bill to expand armory

September 11, 1997

The Maryland National Guard will receive $2.9 million to renovate and expand the Annapolis Armory under a House-Senate conference agreement on a $9.2 billion military construction bill.

The money had been included in a Senate version of the spending bill but not in the House version, both of which passed in July, said Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, a Prince George's County Democrat and a member of the conference committee that drafted the final version this week.

The conference pact also gives the National Security Agency $25.2 million to purchase a seven-story office building in Linthicum that agency is leasing; $3.9 million to construct a vehicle and cargo inspection building at the agency's complex at Fort Meade; and $600,000 for other security measures for employees and visitors.

Other Maryland installations expected to receive money under the bill are:

Fort Detrick in Frederick, $4.65 million for a new health clinic for soldiers moving there from Fort Richie.

Patuxent River Naval Air Warfare Center in St. Mary's County, $9 million for an anechoic chamber, an alternative to flight testing.

The Naval Air Warfare Center, also in St. Mary's County, $2.6 million for a new hangar, maintenance and storage space.

The conference report is likely to go before the full House and Senate for a final vote this month.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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