WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was named co-chair of the U.S. Senate Air Force Caucus today. Formed in the summer of 1998, the Caucus currently consists of a bipartisan group of Senators including concerned with issues affecting the United States Air Force.
“I am honored to serve as Co-Chair of this very important caucus,” said Brown, who is also a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “As Co-Chair of the Air Force Caucus I will work to support the servicemen and women who dedicate themselves each and every single day to protect all of us.”
The caucus sponsors briefings, base visits, and meetings with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and other personnel throughout the year. This organization not only educates the Senators about the importance of the Air Force and general military issues, but also focuses its energies and educational tools on the Senators’ staff members through briefings and on-site Air Force base visits in order to improve the lives of servicemembers, their families, and communities.
“We are excited that Senator Brown is taking on this national leadership role in the Senate,” said Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. “He has been a great supporter of the Air Force, Wright-Patterson and our Air Force personnel throughout the state.”
Ohio is home to more than 5,000 air guardsmen and women, and six Air Force bases including, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Springfield Air National Guard Base, the Toledo Air National Guard Base, and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station. Both the National Museum of the Air Force and the Air Force Marathon are located in Dayton.
Last week, Brown announced that the Mansfield Air National Guard will receive a new mission and eight C-130H planes from the Air Force, resulting in the creation of over 180 jobs for the base. Brown was instrumental in keeping the Mansfield base open; working to see that it receive new planes; and ensuring President Obama kept his word to find it a new mission. In February Brown met with then secretary of defense nominee Senator Chuck Hagel. During the meeting, Brown pressed Sec. Hagel on his support for a new mission at the Mansfield base and reminded him of President Obama’s “Commitment” to finding it a new mission.