Pine Tech Receives $1.5 Million in Defense Spending Bill

Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 5:10 am

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that includes $1.5 million for Pine Technical College.  The money will fund expansion and enhancement of corrosion training simulations in conjunction with the Department of Defense.  Congressman Jim Oberstar included the money for Pine Tech in the defense spending bill.

Oberstar released a statement that said the bill will support U.S. troops with a pay increase.  “We are keeping faith with our troops by giving them the support they deserve,” Oberstar said.  “Soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen are being asked to do more and more to keep our nation safe and protect our interests abroad; we owe them a pay raise and strong support programs for military families.”
The bill also continues efforts to end the practice of “stop loss” paying troops an additional $500 for every month their term of service is involuntarily extended.

Oberstar also included funding for the following items in the bill:

* $2,000,000 to the University of Minnesota Duluth, Department of Biology, to advance the development and deployment of fast-acting therapy for blood-loss in battle field conditions.
* $1,000,000 for Forward Looking InfraRed sensors for Minnesota National Guard UH-60 Medevac helicopters providing exceptional and unique capabilities to respond to state emergencies.
* $2,000,000 to Minnesota national guard in order to integrate and evaluate electric power in an All Terrain Ultra Violet Utility Vehicle.
* $2,000,000 to the Minnesota National Guard Reintegration Program to ensure service members and their families are prepared for the challenges before, during and after mobilization.
* $2,360,000 for a Communication Aerial Platform for the Minnesota National Guard which will provide improved awareness to on-scene commanders during responses to state emergencies.

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