Brown Secures Funding for Toledo 180th Wing in Defense Bills

Senator Requested $15 Million for Hangar Updates, Raised Need for Upgrades with Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – the co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Air Force Caucus – announced that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the Senate Veterans Affairs-Military Construction Appropriations bills both include $15 million to make facility improvements for Toledo’s 180th Wing to perform its Aerospace Control Alert mission. The funding would help install new hangars for F-16 aircraft that are needed to carry out the mission at Toledo. Brown requested that the Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Committee both include this critical authorization in its bills, which both passed out of their Committees last week and now await a full Senate vote.

In April, Brown met with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson ahead of her confirmation and highlighted key priorities for Ohio Air Force bases. During the meeting, Brown urged Wilson to support the funding needed at Toledo’s Air National Guard Base.

“Toledo’s 180th Fighter Wing performs an important mission that demands the most up-to-date facilities to get the job done,” said Brown. “Construction of these new hangars must remain a top priority.” 

The 180th Fighter Wing employs approximately 1,400 individuals in northwest Ohio and conducts the nation’s number one homeland defense mission, Aerospace Control Alert. Last year, then Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visited the Toledo Air National Guard Base at Brown’s invitation.