WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH-10) today announced that the Pentagon has decided to locate the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator (HPSI) Organization at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The new mission will mean at least 400 jobs in Ohio, with the potential for more to be located at the base over the next several years.
In April, Brown, Portman, and Turner led the entire Ohio congressional delegation in writing a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson. The lawmakers made the case for Wright-Patt and said the base was uniquely qualified to handle the new mission. In June, Brown, Portman, and Turner, along with other members of the Ohio delegation, met with Secretary Wilson in Washington, where they made the case for Wright-Patt in person.
“The men and women at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base perform critical acquisition missions supporting our national defense. Secretary Wilson recognized that the base, and the greater Dayton area, provide a unique environment to enable our servicemembers and civilians to continue meeting our national security needs,” said Brown. “This mission will continue to grow the critical acquisition and technical expertise in the Miami Valley.”
“The Air Force’s decision to locate the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator at Wright-Patt is great news for the Dayton region and more than 400 new jobs at the base,” said Portman. “This decision is a testament to our incredible work force and reinforces the Miami Valley’s critical role in supporting our national defense. In addition to bringing high-paying jobs to Dayton, this Support Integrator will help contribute to the effectiveness of our F-35 program.”
“In numerous discussions with Secretary Wilson, I expressed that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base provides the best opportunity of success for this incredibly important mission for our national security,” said Congressman Turner. “With today’s decision to bring the F-35 HPSI Organization to Wright-Patt, at least 400 new jobs will be added to our community as a direct result of our strong bipartisan advocacy.”
“Secretary Wilson’s decision to base the new mission here is more than just new jobs for the Dayton region—it’s a vote of confidence in the skilled acquisition workforce at Wright-Patterson. This ensures that Wright-Patterson will remain strongly involved in this aircraft program vital to the Air Force and the national defense,” said Jeff Hoagland, President & CEO, Dayton Development Coalition.
Wright-Patt’s highly qualified workforce supports the Air Force’s critical national security mission and the base is further supported by the broader Dayton defense community, which is full of engineering and contracting specialists. The lawmakers said that Dayton’s research industry and universities have long been the center for developing, acquiring, and sustaining the next level of air superiority to counter U.S. adversaries and, therefore, locating HPSI at Wright-Patt was the best choice for the Air Force.