“After meeting with the leadership on the base, I found that there are projects that are complimentary to ongoing federal capital projects that could be accomplished for $500,000, and I was able to take that back to my leadership and push hard during conference committee for that funding,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
Perales is chairman of a state task force to prepare Ohio for the possibility of a BRAC round. “… There is no question in my mind that Ohio’s investment in its military installations over the past few years will better position us for the potential force structure actions in our future,” he said in a statement.
Pressure has mounted in recent years to close unneeded bases.
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The Pentagon has said the Air Force and the Army will have nearly a third more space than needed by 2019.
Congressional leaders have said a new round of base closures could happen in 2021.
Staff writer Lynn Hulsey contributed to this story.