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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia


April 13, 2018
Press Release
As a training site for branches of our nation’s military

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has urged Department of Defense representatives to use the former Hobet mine site as a possible military training facility.

As the Department of Defense looks for new locations to train our troops, Rep. Jenkins is asking them to consider using the 15,000 acres at the Hobet mine in southern West Virginia. Its unique and diverse terrain is already being used by the West Virginia National Guard for training exercises.

“We’ve got steep hills, we’ve got flat land, we’ve got almost desert terrain. Our National Guard in West Virginia … is already using it; they’re saving money on transportation and other training cost factors,” Rep. Jenkins said at a House Appropriations Committee Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Thursday.

Lucian Niemeyer, the DoD’s assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations, and environment, said he would take a look at the Hobet site and see if it could meet the needs of the Navy or other branches.

Rep. Jenkins, the father of a U.S. Marine, said the Defense Department would be warmly welcomed in West Virginia.

“You really would have incredible support from the community, from the state and local government, and certainly the federal representatives,” Rep. Jenkins said.

Please click here to watch the questioning from Thursday’s hearing.