Congressional Visitors to Redstone Arsenal

Lt. Gen. Ed Daly noted the importance of TVA to the installation—not only because of the power it provides, but because TVA made Redstone possible through a land-use agreement with the Army in the early 1940s.

June 25, 2017—TVA works closely with its many customers throughout the Valley, including directly served customer Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, Ala.

The large, 38,248-acre Army base is one of six federal installations that receives electricity directly from TVA. It is the center for the U.S. Army’s missile and rocket programs; it also provides training and systems testing for other branches of the military.

On June 12 and 13 the base hosted a delegation of TVA Government Relations employees and congressional staff members from Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. The visit was part of an annual program that TVA puts together at different spots throughout the Tennessee Valley for congressional staffers.

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"It is important that congressional staff members understand TVA’s mission, and that often means understanding the different companies and facilities we serve," said TVA Government Relations director Bert Robinson.

He said groups in previous years have learned about TVA through visits to facilities and directly served customers in Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville and the Fort Campbell, Ky., area. "We annually highlight a facility or partnership that is vital to the Valley,” Robinson said. “This year we visited Redstone Arsenal because it is a very important customer for TVA, a vital economic driver for the Valley and an essential part of the defense of the country."

The base is home to the FBI, Space and Missile Defense Command, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center's Systems Simulation, Software and Integration Directorate and the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Redstone Arsenal Senior Commander Lt. Gen. Ed Daly told the congressional staff members the Army truly appreciates what TVA does in terms of energy, the environment and economic development. He also noted the importance of TVA to the installation—not only because of the power it provides, but because TVA made Redstone possible through a land-use agreement with the Army in the early 1940s that created the site, which was then known as Huntsville Arsenal.

"If TVA didn't do its job, Redstone Arsenal would not exist in its current abilities," Daly said. “Thank you for your support, thanks for your partnership, thanks for everything you do day in and day out to help us. We are proud at Redstone to not only be part of the federal government, but to be part of the Tennessee Valley and to have the employees of TVA as our friends."