WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – the co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Air Force Caucus – met with former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, President Trump’s nominee to serve as the Secretary of the Air Force and highlighted key priorities for Ohio Air Force bases. During the meeting, Brown invited Wilson to visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) if confirmed.
“Wright-Patt plays a major role in our national security and helps to drive the local economy and support jobs, said Brown. “If confirmed, I hope Dr. Wilson will make visiting WPAFB a priority so she can see all that the men and women at the base do to keep our country safe.”
Brown highlighted the Dayton area as a strong candidate for the location of a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx). In January, Brown wrote to then-Secretary Ash Carter asking him to consider Dayton as a location and raised the issue with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in a March 2017 meeting.
Brown invited his Senate Air Force Caucus republican co-chair to Wright-Patt in March. Earlier this year, Brown convened a roundtable at the University of Dayton Research Institute to discuss investments he helped secure for the installation, including federal funds authorized for base upgrades and research programs. Brown was joined by WPAFB officials, the Dayton Development Coalition, representatives from Sinclair Community College’s workforce development department, and local companies and researchers who have collaborated with the base.