, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard
, said the project was about allowing "men and women in West Virginia to live here, raise their families and be a part of the national mission."
"Whether it's the national security mission, fighting our wars overseas, or whether it's the homeland security mission in protecting people here and responding to national disasters," Hoyer
"It's about, also, cost-effective solutions to national security in a time when our nation needs to reduce costs, but can't afford to reduce our national defense capability."
Soldiers at the base will be driving Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, known as MRAP.
The vehicles are designed to withstand impact from Improvised Explosive Devices and other new elements of the war in Afghanistan and similar style battles.
As the land is further mined, more land will be turned over for use, Hoyer
The land will be adaptable to all sorts of terrain and could potentially include a shooting range, he
In addition to a basic obstacles course for the vehicles, Hoyer
said there was an additional 20 miles of trails.
According to Hoyer, a National Guard member working part-time costs the taxpayer about 33 cents for every dollar it would cost for other military personnel.
A full-time guard member still costs just about 85 to 90 percent of what it costs to use other military personnel.
said in addition to other costs, the National Guard
has fewer overhead costs, such as those associated with base operations, because their soldiers live in the community and shop the same stores and drive the same roads as the public.
Manchin said he
and other members of the West Virginia delegation are fighting to ensure that the National Guard
is given a larger role in the national picture.