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Army Mountain Warfare School to get $30 million for facility

December 25, 2019 GMT

JERICHO, Vt. (AP) — The Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho will get $30 million in federal funding for a new facility, the Vermont National Guard announced this week.

The funding is part of the defense budget signed by President Trump on Friday. Groundbreaking is likely to happen late next year, the Guard said.

Members of the school provided mountain warfare and cold weather training to U.S. and Afghan conventional operations forces on deployments in 2005 and 2010, the Guard said. Instructors served as experts on mountain warfare in Afghanistan.

The $30 million appropriation will support “a critically important but previously unfunded priority of the Army,” said U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy in a written statement on Monday.

“Now we can replace today’s aging facility to meet safety needs of today and rising demand,” Leahy said. “The new facility will improve training, so that our soldiers have all the skills needed to maneuver, regardless of the terrain.”

The design of the 82,600-square-foot (25,176-square-meter), state-of-the-art facility will start as early as January 2020, said Michael Bleau, deputy construction and facilities management officer. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2022, he said.