Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA) applauded the decision by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to delay closing of 149 air traffic control towers, including the tower at the Southern California Air Logistics Tower in Victorville.
A phased, four-week closure process was scheduled to begin this Sunday, April 7. The decision was made as a result of sequestration. However, the closure process will no longer occur. Instead, the FAA will stop funding all 149 towers on June 15 and will close the facilities unless the airports decide to continue
Cook recently signed on to a letter with several other members of Congress expressing his frustration with the closures. In the letter, Cook and 46 other members of Congress requested that the "FAA consider all possible alternatives that would maintain some level of service for all contract air towers and ensure air safety."
Cook stated, "This delay is the first step in the FAA acknowledging the folly of closing some of these towers. In Victorville, closing the tower would mean greatly reduced economic activity and reduced military use. We need to keep pushing and do everything we can to keep our tower open."
Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the US Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.