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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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today voted in support of H.R. 244, the FY 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill to fund the Federal government for the current fiscal year.
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally (AZ-02) today participated in a vital House Armed Services Committee hearing about the implications a long-term continuing resolution (CR) would have on our armed forces. During the hearing, Rep. McSally questioned General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force on the impact that a CR would have on flying operations, specifically Air Force readiness. Their exchange highlighted how the CR would ground pilots at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2017. The bill had bipartisan support, passing 371 to 48. This legislation provides important funding for pilots, aircraft, and base operations, among countless other important aspects of military readiness. It also fully funds the missions at Fort Huachuca and the entire A-10 fleet, allowing for critical upgrades to extend the service life of the aircraft.
Watch Rep. McSally speak in support of this legislation on the House floor below.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein stated at a media breakfast that the Air Force will retain all A-10 aircraft until at least 2021.
Think Tank Recommends, “fielding a viable replacement CAS capability before eliminating the capability the A-10 provides…”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced its nomination of former Congresswoman Heather Wilson to serve as Secretary of the Air Force.
“I have known Heather Wilson for years and have sought her guidance and advice many times in the past. She is a principled, servant-leader who has demonstrated her intellect, integrity and talent in the military, in Congress, and in the private sector. She is immensely qualified to serve as Secretary of the Air Force and I commend her nomination.”
TUCSON – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report highlighting the serious flaws and capability gaps that would occur under the Air Force’s current proposals to prematurely retire the A-10 Warthog.
House Passes Defense Bill with Full Funding for A-10, EC-130H, Ft. Huachuca Missions
McSally Amendment Adding $100 Million for A-10 Wing Upgrades Added to Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today successfully added an amendment to defense funding legislation providing $100 million for new A-10 wing upgrades. Currently, over 100 A-10 aircraft are in need of re-fitted wings to extend their service lives past 2028.
by U.S. Representative Martha McSally
The saying “putting the cart before the horse” surely pre-dates the invention of flight, yet it couldn’t be more accurate to describe the Air Force’s shifting and flawed arguments for retiring the A-10 well ahead of schedule, and before we have a proven, tested replacement.