MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Rep. Cunningham has announced funding that would allow the Marine Corps to modernize an outdated live-fire training range for Parris Island.
After urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs to provide increased funding for military construction earlier this year, Rep. Joe Cunningham’s office on Friday announced the Subcommittee had voted to approve an additional $546 million to fund Navy and Marine Corps construction projects that were not included in the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2020.
Among those unfunded projects was the Marine Corps’ request for $37.2 million to modernize and improve a live-fire training range aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
Cunningham also advocated for Parris Island’s range modernization project in his March testimony before the House Committee on Armed Services.
“As one of two training depots in the country that makes enlisted Marines, and the only depot that makes enlisted women Marines, Parris Island plays a critical role in ensuring our national security,” said Cunningham. “It is absolutely critical Parris Island has the resources it needs to continue to prepare our best and brightest to fight and win our nation’s battles. I urge House Appropriators to protect this funding during the full Committee markup so that we can get it through the House floor later this year.”
Before recruits stationed at Parris Island are able to graduate, each of them must qualify with their service rifles on the depot’s training ranges.
Without funding necessary to complete the Marine Corps’ range modernization and improvement project, training may need to be curtailed, potentially disrupting the flow of new Marines and diminishing military readiness.