Starkville step closer to new Army Reserve Center

Jim Gaines
Staff Writer

Starkville may get $9.3 million to replace the old Guy II & Will Jones U.S. Army Reserve Center, according to the office of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
The money is in the fiscal 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill which passed the Senate Tuesday. But to take effect it must be reconciled with a House bill which doesn't fund the Starkville center.
“I look forward to conferencing our bill with the House bill, and making our case for this project,” Cochran said in the news release. “The Army Reserve Center replacement project is supported by the Army and was included in the budget request. There are good arguments to be made for replacing a run-down center with one that has joint-use potential and meets modern standards.”
The deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Housing and Partnerships has indicated that a new USARC could be used jointly by several branches of the service, according to the news release.
Most of the Senate bill's funding is directed toward veterans' benefits and health care, including $71.2 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It recommends $50.7 billion for treatment and care of about 6.9 million veterans, according to the news release.