Roby: Maxwell Lands Funding for New Air Traffic Control Tower
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today announced that Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery will receive $18 million from the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2019 military construction account for a new air traffic control tower.
Representative Roby, who has advocated for this project for several years, released the following statement:
“Updating the Air Traffic Control Tower at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base is long overdue. I have personally climbed up the antiquated tower and can attest to how dangerous it is and how badly it needs to be replaced. I am very pleased that this issue is being addressed through the recently passed military funding bill, and I look forward to seeing this improvement become reality as Maxwell continues to support the needs of the Air Force in the River Region, including the 187th Fighter Wing’s missions. This would not be possible without Senator Shelby’s efforts, and I appreciate his leadership as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense.”
Maxwell’s existing Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) was constructed in 1955 and is one of the oldest active ATCT in Air Force inventory. It fails to meet current mission requirements and safety codes.
Historically, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base has provided direct support to the 187th Fighter Wing in airfield operations, primarily as an alternate basing location in the event of runway closure at Dannelly Field. The existing configuration and location of Maxwell’s current ATCT will not adequately support the 187th Fighter Wing’s new F-35 mission.