Letters from Rep. Mark Souder to Chairman and Commissioners (3May05) Page: 2 of 6
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20515
MARK E. SOUDER
INDIANA May 3, 2005
Dear Commissioner Hansen:
As you prepare to reviCe tihe list of recommended base closures and realignlm-ents.
I wanted to draw your attention to a few of the reasons why Fort Wayne, Indiana, should
remain the home of the 1 22l'd Air National Guard Fighter Wieng.
The people of Northeast Indiana are highly patriotic, and this is reflected in the
fact that it has one oF the hi lihest Inilitarv recruitinlig rates in1 the country. Arniy recruiting
rates have consistently been in the top 1()% in the country, and the Fort Way ne Air
National Guard ranks 9th inl recruiting g ot of all Air National Guard bases i n the country.
It is presently at nearly 1 4' of its ia ning sitrenth.. 'hese high recruiting rates, in
addition to the area's large highly-skilled workfo.rce. make Fort Wayne a prime location
for maintaining, and potentially expanding the I 12 2'd Fighter Wing.
Another si gni licant advantage of t.he 1 22:" is its co-location w it!h the Fort Wayne
International Airport, a Level 7 airport with an FAA flight tower that operates 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. The co-location with the airport allows the National Guard to
utilize the excellent runxwavs at a nominal cost, saving the military money in the long-run.
The 12,)0()-Foot runway is the longest commercial runway iin the state and can be used by
all sizes of planes. Additionally. the airport has reserved 90 acres adjacent to the base Ibr
use by the military, ensuring there will nexCer be any land encroachment issues should the
base need to expand.
I understand yvu will be makingavery dif icult decisions in the coming. weeks and
ask that you gi\C stronle COlndlcratlion to keeping the 122" Fighter Wing intact in Fort
Wayne. Indiana. 1 have enclosed additional in formation oni theC base for your review.
7At M I.kSouder
jyLtlr CTrrrr4A Member of Congress
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