Reversal of Plan Would Have Hurt 911th
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced that after his urging, the Navy has decided to continue with plans to move its Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) to the Pittsburgh IAP Air Reserve Station (ARS), home of the 911th Airlift Wing. The move will further bolster the 911th’s assets.
“The addition of the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) to the numerous military assets already in place at the Air Reserve Station further solidifies the strategic importance of maintaining the military’s presence in Pittsburgh, including the 911th Airlift Wing,” said Senator Casey. “I was proud to support funding for the NOSC and am pleased that the Navy has decided to finalize plans to move the project forward.
Senator Casey announced today that the Navy has awarded a $10.558 million contract to move the project forward, with a project completion date in early 2014.
Last February, Senator Casey urged the Navy to proceed with its plans to move the NOSC to the ARS. Senator Casey’s letter to Vice Admiral Debbink can be seen below:
The Honorable Dirk J. Debbink
Chief of Navy Reserve
Commander, Navy Reserve Force
Dear Vice Admiral Debbink:
It is my understanding that the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) currently located in North Versailles, PA plans to award a contract for its new headquarters building. It has been explained that the current home for the NOSC is in poor physical condition, and I was pleased to support the funding of $14.6M for a new 30,000 square foot facility scheduled to be located at the 911th Airlift Wing in Pittsburgh. I continue to remain supportive of this project and would urge the Navy to begin construction at the 911th Airlift Wing.
The proposed plans to close the 911th base announced on February 3rd have not been finalized. Moreover, the Pittsburgh International Airport Corridor will continue to be home to numerous military assets that are not impacted by the Air Force proposal including 171st Pennsylvania Air National Guard and the U.S. Army 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC). The area will also welcome the relocated Commissary and Post Exchange which is scheduled to break ground this summer.
Thank you for your service to the country and commitment to our national security.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
United States Senator