MANSFIELD, OH – Today, two representatives of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) office will visit the Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base (ANGB) to tour the base and receive an update on the base’s progress since it acquired eight C-130H planes from the Air Force in 2013.
“Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base drives economic activity in north central Ohio, and is the pride of Richland County,” said Brown. “I remain committed to advancing the success of the men and women on this base so they can continue their critical security and emergency response missions.”
Brown has worked to bring jobs to the Mansfield Base. In March 2013, Brown announced that the base would receive a new mission and eight C-130H planes from the Air Force creating more than 180 jobs. 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. The Armed Forces Reserve Center is a $16 million facility used for administrative, storage, and training purposes. It also houses the 3rd Platoon of the Army Reserve 486th Engineers.
Last Congress, Brown co-sponsored legislation that would support jobs at Mansfield Lahm ANGB. The Air Force C-130H Fleet Modernization Act would give the Air Force flexibility to modernize its C-130H fleet – flown from Mansfield’s 179th Airlift Wing – which must be updated by 2020 to meet federal and international standards.
The C-130H fleet is the U.S. military’s primary tactical logistics aircraft fleet, and has provided humanitarian assistance, precision airdrop, and tactical airlift missions across the globe for more than four decades. While National Guard units in 18 different states fly the aircraft, because of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and international airspace regulatory constraints, the fleet will be largely inoperable unless major communication, navigation, and surveillance upgrades are made by 2020.