WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that he helped secure $15 million in federal funding for Toledo’s 180th Fighter Wing as a part of the omnibus spending package that was released today. Brown said the funding will allow the base to make facility improvements that will better enable the 180th Fighter Wing to perform its Aerospace Control Alert mission. Brown is the co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Air Force Caucus.
“Toledo’s 180th Fighter Wing performs important missions every day to keep Americans safe, and that requires the most up-to-date facilities,” said Brown. “This is a significant investment in the 180th Fighter Wing’s future that will allow these Airmen to maintain their proven record of success.”
In December of last year, Brown secured the $15 million in federal funds needed to install new hangars for the F-16 aircraft at Toledo’s 180th Fighter Wing.
In April 2017, 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.
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. In 2016, then Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visited the Toledo Air National Guard Base at Brown’s invitation.