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Congressman Garamendi Helps Position Beale Air Force Base to Get KC-135 — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
March 11, 2014

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, is pleased to highlight that the Department of Defense’s FY 15 budget proposes that eight KC-135 air refueling tanker would be moved to Beale Air Force Base, which is located near Marysville, California. Congressman Garamendi’s office has vigorously supported Beale’s personnel and its military assets, which both play a key role in our national security and in supporting the local economy.

“In a period of budgetary uncertainty and change, the Airmen at Beale Air Force Base remain a rock of professionalism and focus as they carry out the vital mission of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Bringing KC-135 tankers back to the base would help the Air Force utilize the remarkable talents of Beale’s personnel while expanding the core missions of the base. This would be especially important for reservists, whom I met recently and who have made a long term commitment to living in the area. During this period of transition, I will continue use my position on the Armed Services Committee to forcefully advocate for the Beale community.”

Locating the KC-135, an AF Reserve and Air Mobility Command asset, at Beale would strengthen its connection with Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. Both bases are in the 3rd Congressional District, which Garamendi represents.

Congressman Garamendi:

·         Prevented the Air Force from mistakenly deactivating Beale’s 13th Reconnaissance Squadron;

·         Is leading the return the KC-135 mission back to Beale Reserve Units, as proposed in the President’s budget;

·         Wrote measures into law to prevent the Global Hawk from being mothballed;

·         Is supporting military commissaries by fighting against Department of Defense plans to shut them down or scale back subsidies for this essential benefit for military families.

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