Joint Explanatory Statement to Accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014by Former Representative Ron Barber
Posted on 2013-12-12
BARBER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to urge my colleagues to
support this bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, and I call
attention to a provision in the act that will preserve the A-10, a core
component of our Nation's combat power and military readiness. This is
a national security asset that I have been fighting for even before I
became a Member of Congress when I was Congresswoman Giffords' district
military affairs lead.
This National Defense Authorization Act states that the Air Force will not be allowed to retire, prepare to retire, or place in storage any additional A-10 aircraft during 2014. A-10 pilots are trained at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, to fly a plane that is unsurpassed in its ability to provide support for our troops on the ground. In today's military environment, the A-10 is best suited to continue this very important mission for decades to come. We simply cannot adequately support the warfighter to continue on the ground if we get rid of this proven aircraft.
I am proud to support the NDAA.
Mr. McKEON. Mr. Speaker, I continue to reserve the balance of my time.