YAKIMA -- A new Marine Corps Reserve Training Center will be built at the Yakima Training Center under a military construction appropriations bill approved by a Senate subcommittee Wednesday.
Sen. Patty Murray's office announced the $13.8 million funding for the new center, which will replace the current training center on South 16th and Tahoma avenues.
First Sgt. Michael Lillie of Bravo Company, Fourth Tank Battalion, which operates out of the current center, said Wednesday that the new facility will allow the company to consolidate all its operations under one roof.
Currently, the unit's tanks are housed at the training center, north of Yakima.
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Lillie said if final congressional approval is obtained, construction of the new facility will begin late next year and be completed in 2013.
Yakima's Marine tanker unit returned last fall from a tour of duty in Iraq.
The appropriations measure also includes $3.75 million for a new sniper field fire range at the training center.
Training center spokesman James Reddick said the new fire range is needed to accommodate longer distances required for modern sniper training.
The Senate Military Appropriations Subcommittee approved the funding. The measure now goes to the full Appropriations Committee before reaching the Senate floor.