Defending the A-10
When American troops find themselves in perilous positions on the battlefield, there is no better sound overhead than the A-10 bringing its 30 mm gun to bear on the enemy. Yet over the last two years, the Obama administration and Air Force leadership have been working overtime to mothball our entire A-10 fleet, 13 years ahead of schedule. This decision to divest the A-10 is, by the Administration's own admission, a budget-driven decision that will create a capability gap in the Close Air Support (CAS) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions. The result is American lives will be put at risk.
I've led a bipartisan effort to advocate for funding of the A-10 and to keep our best Close Air Support asset in the air and protecting our troops. Read about my efforts below.
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Rep. Martha McSally is the only Republican female veteran in the House, but she aims not to be there much longer.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after she voted in support of the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, legislation to fund the government for the next seven months, through the end of FY 2018.
Washington, D.C.—In a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, U.S. Representative McSally questioned Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on details of the Air Force’s plan to keep the A-10 in the operational fleet for the next decade or more.
TUCSON– U.S. Representative Martha McSally (AZ-02) this weekend participated in the 2018 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. During Heritage Flights, civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and Air Force pilots of current fighter aircraft practice flying in formation together. These flights raise public awareness of the Air Force mission and commemorate its history. The Congresswoman flew a remodeled P-51 Mustang, a World War II fighter-bomber that flew in the European and Pacific theatres during WWII, and then in the Korean War.
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally today questioned General Joseph Votel, Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. military’s strategic posture in the Middle East and South Asia. Her questioning highlighted the integral role of A-10s in combating the Taliban, specifically its generation of revenue.
WASHINGTON, DC—In direct response to U.S. Representative Martha McSally’s consistent calls for funding for more A-10C Thunderbolt wings, the United States Air Force today announced that it would be including funding for additional wings in their FY19 budget request. This news comes days after the Air Force deployed a squadron of A-10s to Afghanistan—the first time in three years.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released 2017 Year in Review metrics outlining her accomplishments on behalf of Arizonans last year. Among the highlights include the fact that she passed more bills than any other member of Congress, responded to 192,584 constituent correspondence, and recovered $458,190 for constituents in the last year alone.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 20 lawmakers in sending a letter request to Senate leadership and high ranking appropriators urging them to include funding for new wings for the A-10 fleet in any final FY18 spending package. The A-10 wing production line was shut down because the Obama Administration unsuccessfully attempted to mothball A-10s and cripple the fleet. These requested funds would jumpstart the production line again.
WASHINGTON, DC— President Trump today signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes defense spending at $634 billion and contains every single provision that Congresswoman McSally tirelessly fought to include for our troops and Arizona. Her measures include full protection and upgrades for the A-10, EC-130, missile defense, and increases for other defense assets throughout the state—including boosts to space-based missile defense and procurement of additional F-35 Lightning joint strike fighter jets and AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement on her vote in support of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report: