Much of the Georgia Congressional Delegation, including Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue along with Congressmen Buddy Carter , Sanford Bishop , Hank Johnson , Austin Scott, and Tom Graves, joined together in a bi-partisan effort to urge the U.S. Air Force to both hold off on retiring portions of its A-10 fleet as well as consider housing some of its new F-35 fighter jets in the state.

“We remain lock-step in our opposition to retiring the A-10 aircraft until a replacement becomes fully operational,” the Georgia delegation wrote in a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. . “If the schedule published in the fiscal year 2017 presidential budget force structure actions slide comes to fruition, Moody Air Force Base will start losing 24 A-10’s and associated personnel in fiscal year 2021. A loss of that magnitude will undoubtedly result in negative impacts across the surrounding communities.”

The Georgia delegation also urged the Air Force to consider using the state’s two bases, Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins and Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta.  Moody is currently under consideration for the Battlefield Airman Consolidation initiative, which would bring many more servicemen to the base and into the state.  Between that possibility and the flip side of the coin that would be losing 24 A-10’s and their personnel, a lot is at stake.  It’s good to see Georgia’s elected officials in Washington working to make sure their state’s interests, as well as those of the U.S. military, are met.

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