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

July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement on the Make America Secure Appropriations Act which the House passed today by a vote of 235—192. This national security appropriations package includes the appropriations bills for defense, military construction and veterans, energy and water, and the legislative branch.

July 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), comprehensive legislation that funds United States defense efforts and includes important Southern Arizona provisions that Congresswoman Martha McSally fought to include. The bill fully funds the A-10 Warthog and EC-130H Compass Call, restarts much-needed upgrades and the production of new wings for the A-10 fleet, funds missions at Ft Huachuca, and supports Raytheon’s missiles.

June 29, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Representative Martha McSally successfully secured funding for Southern Arizona’s defense assets in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the House Armed Services Committee passed last night. Because of Rep. McSally’s efforts, FY 2018 NDAA fully funds and starts replacing the wings of the A-10 fleet, funds and upgrades the EC-130H fleet, funds critical missions at Ft. Huachuca and also funds critical defense missiles built by Raytheon. The final bill includes Rep.

June 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally tonight questioned Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford during a House Armed Services Full Committee Hearing evaluating how the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2018 addresses the military readiness crisis with respect to the military threat of North Korea and the crucial war-fighting capability of the A-10.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

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.

April 5, 2017 Press Release

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.

March 8, 2017 Press Release

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.

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.”