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McSally Appointed to House Armed Services Committee

TUCSON – Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally today announced her placement on the House Armed Services Committee, a committee responsible for overseeing U.S. military policy and the Department of Defense. With two major military installations in Southern Arizona and a growing defense industry presence, the Armed Services Committee represents a key assignment for McSally.

“I’m honored to serve on a committee that has such a large impact on our district and country,” said McSally. “The Armed Services Committee plays a key role in ensuring our military is ready and able to defend America, its interests, and its citizens, and with two major military bases in Southern Arizona in Davis-Monthan and Fort Huachuca, you couldn’t ask for a better assignment.”

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Martha to the committee, and we are excited about what she brings to the table,” said Armed Services Chairman-select Mac Thornberry. “With her many years’ experience serving in the military and extensive national security expertise, there’s no doubt Martha will be a strong asset to the committee, a strong leader for our country, and an effective advocate for the people she represents.”

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, McSally will have direct input on legislation affecting U.S. military policy. McSally, who retired from the Air Force as a full Colonel in 2010, served 26 years in uniform and holds two masters degrees-one from Harvard and one from the U.S. Air War College-focused on national security. She also served in two joint assignments and six deployments to the Middle East/Afghanistan for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and led oversight of counter-terrorism missions in Africa.

McSally has declared victory in the race for CD-2 after initial counting of all ballots showed her leading the incumbent by 161 votes. Due to the slim margin of victory, an automatic recount of all ballots has been ordered and is underway.

Mothballing the A-10 is Reckless

RETIRED AIR FORCE COLONEL MARTHA MCSALLY, WHO IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS IN ARIZONA TODAY ISSUED THE FOLLOW STATEMENT BOUT THE PENTAGON’S  PROPOSAL TO MOTHBALL  THE A-10. MCSALLY BECAME THE FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN  TO COMMAND A SQUADRON IN COMBAT AT THE HEAD OF A SQUADRON OF A-10s. SHE HAS THEREFORE SUBSTANTIAL FIRST HAND  KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THE A-10 CAN AND CANNOT DO IN COMBAT.

 

                                         Barber asleep at the switch

Today, Secretary of Defense Hagel confirmed that the Obama administration plans to mothball the A-10 Warthog to save money. This is a reckless decision that will put American lives at risk. Despite what Hagel stated, the A-10 is not a single mission aircraft. It is America’s most capable and survivable aircraft in Close Air Support, Forward Air Control, Combat Search and Rescue, and Strike Coordination and Reconnaissance. We must preserve the capability to protect Americans under fire on the ground with our best assets, and the A-10 is second to none while being inexpensive to maintain and operate.

The loss of the A-10, along with Hagel’s request for another round of base closures in 2017, results in a significant risk to the Tucson community as well. Davis-Monthan’s main mission revolves around the A-10, and the $1.6B economic impact of the base to our community is now also at risk.

I alerted the community to the risk of the A-10 cuts and the future of DM in an Arizona Daily Star op-ed on August 27th, 2013 (LINK). In a September 1st, 2013 AZ Daily Star Steller column (LINK), Ron Barber is quoted as stating there is “flat out” no risk to the A-10 in the short term, after serving in Congress for over 14 months on the Armed Services Committee and representing Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the “home of the A-10.” He is now attempting to cover his tracks by stating he is fighting to save the A-10, but his too little, too late efforts clearly had no impact on his party’s administration and their decisions.

We need someone in DC who understands the value of the A-10 and DM and has a track record of fighting and winning, not talking and losing. Having commanded an A-10 squadron in combat, I am running to bring the experience and leadership we need for this significant issue impacting our country and community.

http://azstarnet.com/news/opinion/martha-mcsally-wake-up-and-unite-to-save-a-/article_7fafd259-9128-54b6-a7a8-69f227ac3635.html

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/column/steller-threats-to-d-m-are-real-but-there-s/article_7056a176-b5b8-523e-8e03-b1021cc74114.html