WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, OH — As co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), today brought his Republican caucus co-chair John Boozman (R-AR), Armed Services Committee Members Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) to visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and tour the facility.
Together, Brown and Portman highlighted critical research and development work done at the base in support of the Air Force and national security. Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH-10), whose district includes Wright-Patt, was unable to join the tour due to votes in Washington.
The congressional delegation visited and met with officials from:
“The work done at Wright-Patt is critical to our national security, and it’s important that members of Congress and other decision-makers in Washington understand that,” said Brown. “Investments here support local jobs while directly benefitting our men and women in uniform, and the innovative research happening at our great local universities. I’m glad we were able to showcase that cutting-edge research for my colleagues today, and I look forward to working with them to make sure that Dayton maintains its role as the preeminent center for research and development on air and space threats.”
“I was pleased to help showcase the important role that Wright-Patt plays for the Air Force and our country,” said Portman. “It’s always great to see the Airmen and Air Force civilians who make this base so successful, as well as their innovative research and development that is critical to the future of the Air Force. I will continue to work with my colleagues to make sure Wright-Patt and its organizations have the resources they need now and in the future.”
“Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is central to the Air Force’s mission,” said Turner. “I am grateful to have so many senators of the Air Force Caucus at WPAFB to see firsthand how critical the base is to our country’s national security.”
“The Senate Air Force Caucus is committed to ensuring our Air Force personnel have the resources needed to accomplish their missions safely and successfully. Our visit gives us a first-hand look at the vital research and innovation that is undertaken at Wright-Patterson on a daily basis and will guide our work as we seek to ensure our Air Force remains the strongest in the world,” Boozman said.
“We are fortunate to have an amazing federal delegation that puts such a large priority on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the critical missions benefitting not only our country, but the entire world. Wright-Patt is the intellectual capital of the Air Force, driving innovation and new technology to equip our Airmen and keep our nation safe. As the largest single-site employer in the state, Wright-Patt continues to drive our region’s economy, fueling growth for both small and large businesses across the state and the region,” said Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO, Dayton Development Coalition.
Last week, Brown invited U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to visit Wright-Patterson and highlighted Dayton as a strong candidate as a location of a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx). In January, Brown wrote to then-Secretary Ash Carter asking him to consider Wright-Patt as a location for a new initiative.
Earlier this year, Brown convened a roundtable at the University of Dayton Research Institute to discuss investments he helped secure for Wright-Patterson, 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.