In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee today, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) advocated for new missions to be stationed at Moody Air Force Base and highlighted the important work being done by the airmen stationed there.
"Moody is in the thick of the joint fight worldwide," said Kingston. "I took this opportunity to remind my colleagues of the important and courageous work being done by our airmen and to highlight the potential for growth. With its strong community support and excellent infrastructure, Moody is uniquely positioned to meet the future needs of the Air Force."
In his remarks, Kingston asked his fellow lawmakers to consider stationing Light Attack and Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (LAAR) at Moody. The Air Force is considering procuring LAARs, which will enhance reconnaissance and direct fire ability in support of ground troops, next year.
"Moody is the natural fit for this new mission," said Kingston. "Our airmen have the expertise, the base has the infrastructure, and existing missions would work in tandem. It is important that we pursue this and continue singing Moody's praises at every step."
The hearing at which Kingston testified was called by Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) to allow Kingston and other Members of Congress to testify on their national defense priorities in advance of the National Defense Authorization Act which must be enacted later this year.