Letter from Rep. David Hobson to Chairman Principi (18May05) Page: 1 of 2
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 18, 2005
The Honorable Anthony Principi, Chairman Ln
Base Realignment and Closure Commission
2521 South Clark Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations,
Springfield ANG Base, Ohio is identified as a realignment facility for the Air Force and
the Air National Guard. The language in the BRAC-05 documents also states that the
AN(G unit at Lackland AB, Texas is the only F-1 6 Fighter Training Facility. This
statement is incorrect; Springfield is also an F-16 Fighter Training Facility as you will see
when you visit, which 1 hope you will.
The Air National Guard approached me almost six years ago to support the
AF/ANG efforts to transition the Springfield ANG Base from a mission capable, general-
purpose F-16 fighter unit to a Formal Training Unit for F-16 aircraft. Guard officials said
that an investment in the Springfield unit would give that organization a viable mission
through the 2015 timeframe, and maybe beyond.
To give some history, the U.S. Air Force diminished its capacity for training
fighter pilots during the draw down of the early 1990s; and in the late 90s, the crisis for
trained fighter pilots had come front and center. Cash incentives to lighter pilots who had
left the service and all other recruiting efforts were failing, and a projected shortfall of
almost 2,000 pilots in the AF system existed at that time.
i am a strong supporter of our military, and i feel a strong responsibility to equip
and train America's military with the best equipment and facilities available. As a former
Chairman of the I louse Subcommittee on Military Construction Appropriations, I
directed significant investments, some of which are just being completed, to the ANG for
creating a state of the art F-16 Formal Training Unit at Springfield, Ohio. Consequently,
the location is one of the finest Formal Training Units for F-16 pilots in the U.S. Air
Force. This unit has consistently and substantially exceeded mission requirements.
It is misleading for the Air Force to deny the existence of this capability at
Springfield ANG Base, Ohio. The need to train F-I6 pilots will not go away by 2010 as
the Air Force has proposed. The need for the capability at Springfield will exist well into
2015, and beyond. This will eventually be realized when the changes at the top of our
Air Force leadership are completed, but by then it will be too late!
SPRINGFIELD OFFICE LANCASTER OFFICE
5 West North Street, Suite 200 212 South Broad StrcrL
P.O. Box 269 Room 55
Springfiero, OH 45501-0269 Lancaster, OH 43130-4389
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