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

February 8, 2017 Press Release

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.

February 1, 2017 Press Release

Think Tank Recommends, “fielding a viable replacement CAS capability before eliminating the capability the A-10 provides…”

January 23, 2017 Press Release

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.”

August 24, 2016 Press Release

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.

June 16, 2016 Press Release

House Passes Defense Bill with Full Funding for A-10, EC-130H, Ft. Huachuca Missions

June 15, 2016 Press Release

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.

June 14, 2016 Editorial

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.

April 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a marathon markup session, the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday passed comprehensive defense legislation containing multiple Southern Arizona defense priorities that were a result of U.S. Representative Martha McSally’s persistent advocacy efforts. The Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contained full funding for the A-10 Warthog and EC-130H Compass Call, two aircraft stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, as well as provisions to retain and help expand missions at Fort Huachuca.

April 26, 2016 Press Release

Full A-10 Funding, Fly-off Included in NDAA Mark

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement on the inclusion of critical Southern Arizona priorities, including full funding for the A-10 Warthog, EC-130H Compass Call, and missions at Fort Huachuca, in the recently released Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation will be marked up tomorrow by the Committee on Armed Services, on which Rep. McSally serves.

February 9, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement after President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2017 Budget request. The request maintains funding for all EC-130H Compass Call aircraft housed at Davis-Monthan (DM) Air Force Base. The Administration had previously sought to cut in half the number of EC-130H at DM.