Ground Breaking for Presidential Helicopter Support Facility at Pax River set for May 9

LEXINGTON PARK, MD - On Monday, May 9, Congressman Hoyer will break ground for the new VXX Presidential Helicopter Programs Support Facility at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Congressman Hoyer was instrumental in securing the initial $40 million in federal funds last year to begin construction of the facility to house the Marine Corps' Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program at Pax.

As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Hoyer led the effort in the Congress to ensure that the VXX Presidential Helicopter project was funded. By coordinating the effort between the Navy, the Congress and others, and because he successfully secured funds in House-passed bills for this project, Congressman Hoyer was able to preserve $40 million to begin construction on the new VXX facility at Pax River in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2005 Military Construction Appropriations Bill.

The following dignitaries are expected to attend: Congressman Steny Hoyer; Senator Roy Dyson; Delegate John Bohanan; Rear Adm. Jan Gaudio, Commandant, Naval District Washington; Capt. Zachary Henry, Naval Air Station Commanding Officer; Mr. Tom Laux, Program Executive Officer responsible for oversight of the Presidential Helicopter; Mr. Robert Daniels, Hensel Phelps Construction.

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