Sen. Ossoff’s Bill to Help Build Forensics Lab & Strengthen U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts at Gillem Enclave Becomes Law

Forest Park, Ga. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff’s bill to upgrade forensics capabilities and strengthen U.S. national security was signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Sens. Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock’s law extends the authorization needed to ensure completion of a new forensic laboratory at the Gillem Enclave. Their Fort Gillem Defense Forensics Enhancement Act of 2023 was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

The Forensic Exploitation Directorate (FXD) provides global forensic capability in support of the full range of military operations and counterterrorism efforts. The Directorate deploys teams around the world to provide commanders with a forensic analysis capability.

“Senator Warnock and I introduced and passed the Fort Gillem Defense Forensics Enhancement Act of 2023 to ensure the Army has the authorities necessary to build a world-class laboratory facility for the men and women who are testing and evaluating evidence recovered all over the world vital to our national security,” Sen. Ossoff said.

“By investing in these facilities at Ft. Gillem, we are strengthening our national security,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “As the proud son of a veteran and voice in the Senate for Georgia’s military communities, I am proud to work alongside Senator Ossoff to support Georgia’s servicemembers and military institutions.”

Sen. Ossoff continues to ensure Georgia’s military installations have the resources they need to ensure military readiness and strengthen our national security.

Over the last two years, Sen. Ossoff has also led several bipartisan investigations into the mistreatment and neglect of military families living in privatized housing on Ft. Gordon, highlighting the misconduct that many families faced while living in these housing units.

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