WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to outline Ohio military priorities. During the meeting, Brown highlighted the need to upgrade the C-130H planes flown at the Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base. 

“Ensuring the men and women at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base have the equipment they need to carry out their missions is critical to our national security and to Mansfield’s economy,” said Brown. “I appreciate Secretary Mattis meeting with me, and I look forward to working with him in the future on military matters that are important to Ohio.”

In June 2015, Brown co-sponsored an amendment offered by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) that would support jobs at Mansfield Lahm ANGB by calling on the Air Force to coordinate with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to meet safety and compliance regulations by the 2020 deadline.

In March 2013, Brown also helped secure funding for the construction of the new $6.8 million RED HORSE facility at the base, which supports the administration, operations, logistics, and training of a 202-member self-sustaining heavy construction unit.

In January, Brown voted in favor of retired Marine General James Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense.