Tenney touts military assets in tour of Rome Lab, DFAS

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In Monday appearances in Rome, Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, highlighted ongoing investments at Griffiss Business and Technology Park that have cemented the park as being a key national defense resource because of what it hosts.

And, what it hosts needs to be preserved, Tenney and others said.

Asset protection includes business park sites such as the Air Force Research Laboratory, Eastern Air Defense Sector and Defense Finance Accounting Services. During day, at the park’s Innovare Advancement Center, elected officials pointed out that even though the area was no longer a declared military base, assets remained and continue to grow with investments.

“Let’s try to bring more assets here,” Tenney added. “...What we’re doing here is the future.”

Tenney hosted ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee Congressman John Katko for a tour of Rome Lab, including an overview of the advanced research and development in quantum as well as in communications and unmanned systems, among other sites.

Recently, Rome Lab was designated as the Quantum Information Science Research Center for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, which Tenney pointed out, is an important designation as it signifies the work that is being done to further national security interests, especially in the wake of recent tragedies happening in Afghanistan now under Taliban control.

Tenney has also backed a federal funding request in Congress for the AFRL Information Directorate.

“She is seeking $10 million in funding for a quantum network computing testbed, $10 million for the first and only government-owned Unmanned Aircraft Systems traffic management system, and $10 million for an artificial intelligence and machine learning experimentation and transition bed. If procured, this funding will strengthen research efforts at the lab and result in further job creation in the region,” according to a statement.

In a separate Monday announcement, Tenney visited the Defense Finance and Accounting Services facility in Rome where she met with Ed Abounader, DFAS/AFGE National Council President and President of DFAS/AFGE Rome and others.

As Tenney and Abounader spoke to reporters outside DFAS, she pointed out the work being done on a perimeter fence that will be finished sometime in early 2022 and serve to protect DFAS and AFRL, both federal assets.

Tenney toured the facility and discussed the progress DFAS Rome is making in growing its footprint. She also announced recent employment gains DFAS has made since April and highlighted current employment opportunities still available at the site. With the addition of 100 new jobs since April, DFAS Rome’s total workforce now exceeds 1,000 personnel.

Abounader said anyone looking for employment opportunities to explore the career options at DFAS by visiting www.USAJOBS.gov.

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