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 highlighted the need to upgrade the C-130H planes flown at the Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base. 

“The mission at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base supports local jobs and keeps communities safe during emergencies and natural disasters,” said Brown. “The men and women at Mansfield Lahm ANGB deserve the most up-to-date fleet possible, and I will work with Dr. Wilson if confirmed to ensure the Air Force has the resources and meets the appropriate timelines to upgrade the planes in Mansfield.”

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.