As the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command works to select sites to place active duty units with existing Air Guard units, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is telling military leaders that there is no better place than St. Joseph, Mo., for a new active duty "associate unit", and the jobs that would come with it.
In a letter to Air Mobility Command, McCaskill is expressing her strong support for bringing an active associate unit to the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in St. Joseph, and highlighting Rosencrans' outstanding record and unique resources.
"Active duty personnel would also benefit from the location of the 139th Airlift Wing," McCaskill wrote. "The people of St. Joseph, Missouri, are second-to-none in their support for our nation's Armed Forces, and would welcome the arrival of active duty airmen and their families. The addition of an active associate unit to the 139th Airlift Wing would benefit the unit, the airmen, and the mission of Air Mobility Command. "
McCaskill also highlighted the base's unique assets, such as a drop zone and assault zone located on site, which enable air crews to complete critical training missions without having to spend time and costly fuel flying miles from the base.
Rosecrans is also home to the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center, a school that trains airlift crew members from the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, active duty Air Force and allied nations in the latest combat flying training tactics.
According to officials, the addition of an active associate unit would bring active duty Air Force personnel and potentially additional C-130 military transport aircraft to St. Joseph.
Senator Roy Blunt also signed today's letter to Air Force Air Mobility Command.
In addition to her fight to bring additional Air Force personnel to Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, McCaskill is putting a stop to a proposal for another Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission. As chairman of the Senate panel with jurisdiction over base closures, McCaskill told top military officials she will not allow any plan that closes U.S. military bases to move forward this year. McCaskill chaired a hearing of her Subcommittee on Military Readiness and Management Support in which she told Pentagon officials that they had not made a convincing case that another round of base closures would benefit American taxpayers or national security.
In her recent "Fighting for Fairness" tour, McCaskill stopped at both Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base to discuss with military officials and members of the community her work to prevent any military base closures from happening this year, as well has her record on military and veterans issues.