Press Release

Loebsack Statement on Iowa Delegation Meeting with Air Force Secretary

Emphasizes importance of 132nd Fighter Wing to Iowa

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Washington, February 9, 2012 | Joe Hand (202-225-6576) | comments
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Iowa Congressional Delegation met with Michael Donley, Secretary of the Air Force, Major General Etter, Deputy Director of the Air National Guard and Major General Bolton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget.  The meeting was held to discuss the Air Force’s proposal to retire the Iowa Air National Guard F-16 squadron that is housed in Des Moines.

“The 132nd Fighter Wing is one of the finest in the country.  Today’s meeting allowed the entire bipartisan, bicameral Iowa Delegation to come together with the Secretary of the Air Force and fight for the 132nd Fighter Wing. I raised my deep concerns with the Secretary about the Air Force’s proposal to retire their F-16s.  

“The Air National Guard, including the 132nd Fighter Wing, has played a critical role in defending our states here at home as well as our nation overseas, and I will continue to fight for them.”

Loebsack has also met with Major General Tim Orr, the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, as well as other senior Iowa National Guard leadership to discuss this proposal.
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