Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

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. 

More on Defending the A-10

September 12, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Martha McSally led a bicameral letter to the Defense Appropriations Conference Committee urging that the committee fund the A-10 wing replacement program at the full authorized amount of $144 million to accelerate re-winging of the A-10 fleet in fiscal year 2019. This would mitigate aircraft groundings and prevent a critical capability gap in the Air Force’s operational forces.

August 13, 2018 Press Release

FORT DRUM, NEW YORK - Today, U.S. Representative Martha McSally was one of six Members of Congress who attended after being invited by the White House to witness President Trump sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 into law. Representatives McSally was one of a select few chosen to join President Trump at Fort Drum for this special occasion.

June 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations Act, annual legislation which provides important funding for operations, readiness, and healthcare programs for U.S. troops and their families. Congresswoman Martha McSally successfully secured funding for Arizona’s defense assets and fought for critical funding for the A-10 wing replacement program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and other crucial capabilities.

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Martha McSally’s amendment to increase funding for the A-10 wing replacement program. The amendment increases the total amount of funding for new A-10 wings to $144 million in fiscal year 2019, which will allow for the re-winging of roughly 14-20 planes.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, legislation that authorizes significant funding for Arizona’s many defense assets. Congresswoman McSally successfully worked to ensure that the bill protects Arizona’s military aircraft and installations. It includes funds for new A-10 wings, an accelerated Compass Call cross-decking initiative, 77 new F-35s, and even new Apache attack helicopters.

May 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – After a marathon markup session, the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday morning passed legislation to authorize national defense funding for fiscal year 2019. Because of U.S. Representative McSally’s persistent advocacy, the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) secured funding for Arizona’s defense priorities throughout the state.

April 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today was recognized by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for her congressional leadership in support of the military and veterans. McSally was awarded the Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award, named for the retired Marine Corps colonel who founded MOAA in 1929. It is presented annually to members of Congress who distinguish themselves in protecting the rights and interests of uniformed services members, their families, and survivors.

March 22, 2018 In The News

Rep. Martha McSally is the only Republican female veteran in the House, but she aims not to be there much longer.

March 22, 2018 Press Release

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.

March 20, 2018 Press Release

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.