U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Air Force Caucus, along with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and toured the key installation’s facilities.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is one of the nation’s most important military installations, hosting approximately 27,000 uniformed personnel, civilian and government contractor employees. It is the headquarters of several organizations representing a broad spectrum of Air Force and Department of Defense activities. Together, Boozman and Brown highlighted for their colleagues the critical research and development work done at the base in support of the Air Force and national security.

“The Senate Air Force Caucus is committed to ensuring our Air Force personnel have the resources needed to accomplish their missions safely and successfully. Our visit gives us a first-hand look at the vital research and innovation that is undertaken at Wright-Patterson on a daily basis and will guide our work as we seek to ensure our Air Force remains the strongest in the world,” Boozman said.

“The work done at Wright-Patt is critical to our national security, and it’s important that members of Congress and other decision-makers in Washington understand that,” said Brown. “Investments here support local jobs while directly benefitting our men and women in uniform, and the innovative research happening at our great local universities. I’m glad we were able to showcase that cutting-edge research for my colleagues today, and I look forward to working with them to make sure that Dayton maintains its role as the preeminent center for research and development on air and space threats.”

The congressional delegation visited and met with officials from:

· The Air Force Research Lab
· The Air Force Institute of Technology
· The National Air and Space Intelligence Center
· The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

The visit provided the Members of Congress with the opportunity to tour the facilities and interact with the commanders and staff of the various programs and missions at Wright-Patterson that are vital to ensuring that U.S. national security interests are protected and that the Department of Defense is maintaining readiness standards and developing new and innovative solutions to meet the changing foreign air and space threats facing our country.