Air Force Secretary Nominee Sits Down with McCaskill

By | December 15, 2017

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Air Force Secretary Nominee Sits Down with McCaskill
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today met with Heather Wilson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of the Air Force, and invited her to Missouri to visit the state’s defense installations.

“Missouri’s Air Force installations have a long and proud tradition on the front lines of our national defense, and I was glad to have the opportunity to discuss that tradition and ways to improve it and enhance it with Dr. Wilson today,” said McCaskill, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. “As we face new and continued threats from enemies around the world, our air defense and the men and women who power it—whether drone pilots at Whiteman or our fighters training on C-130s at the 139th—have never been more critical.”

McCaskill is a longtime advocate for the Air Force in Missouri. Last year she helped secure a long-term funding strategy for the 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph, to help secure budget certainty after a recent visit to the 139th as part of her Security and Defense Tour. Following the tour, she raised budget uncertainty concerns with top Pentagon officials, discussing the uniquely important role of the base’s Advanced Airlift and Tactics Training Center and Weapons Instructor Course in training fliers from the National Guard and Active Duty, as well as visiting pilots from international partner countries—and why it’s critical these courses get long-term funding for their long-term mission.

McCaskill also recently visited Whiteman Air Force Base for a briefing on the drone operations there, and has successfully pushed the Air Force for a strong plan to address the unique form of combat stress faced by the pilots. Since that time, the Air Force has adjusted the drone program to relieve stress on the force—in part, by boosting retention bonuses, and announcing plans to hire an additional 500 pilots. Last year’s annual bill was shaped by McCaskill to include .5 million for construction of a consolidated operations facility at Whiteman, replacing the existing collection of temporary facilities currently dispersed around the base.

Image taken from page 200 of ‘La Haute-Marne ancienne et moderne, dictionnaire géographique, statistique, historique et biographique de ce département … Avec deux cartes, etc’
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Title: "La Haute-Marne ancienne et moderne, dictionnaire géographique, statistique, historique et biographique de ce département … Avec deux cartes, etc"
Author: JOLIBOIS, Émile.
Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 10172.g.19."
Page: 200
Place of Publishing: Chaumont
Date of Publishing: 1858
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 001890748

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