Letters from Rep. Mark Souder to Chairman and Commissioners (3May05) Page: 4 of 6
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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WASHINGTON, D C. 20515 05062 005
MARK E. SOUDER
'"' May 3, 2005
Dear Commissioner Kicklighter:
As you prepare to review the list of recommended base closures and realig1nmenIts.
1 wanted to draw your attention to a frc o the reasons why Fort Wayne. Indiana, should
remain the home of the 122"" Air National Guard Fighter Wing.
The people of Northeast Indiana are highly patriotic, and this is reflected in the
fIct tihat it has one ol the highest iiilitary recruitlig rates iII the country. Army recruiting
rates have consistently been in the top 1 ,.0% in the coulrtry, and the Fort Waynee .Air
National Guard ranks 9th in recruiting out of all Air National Guard bases in the country.
It is presently at nearly 104% of its manning strength. These high recruiting rates, i n
addition to the area's large highly-skilled work force, imake Fort Wayne a prime location
for maintain ning and potentially expanding the 12':'" Figliter Wing.
Another significant a dxantage of the 122 is its co-location with the Fort Wayne
International Airport, a Level 7 airport with an FAA flight tower that operates 24 hours a
day. seven days a week. Ihe co-locaation with the airport allows the National Guard to
utii/C the excel lent runwxxays at a nominal cost, saving the mi 1litary nionev in the long-rtn.
The 12,00)0-foot runway is the longest comImercial rt-uunxayx in the state and can be used by
all sizes of planes. Additionally, the airport has reserved 90 acres adjacent to the base for
tse by the military, ensuring there ,xill never be any land encroachment issues should the
base need to expand.
I understand you will be niakirlg very difficult decisions in tllhe coming weeks and
ask that you give strong consideration to keeping the 1 2':2' tighter W.ing intact in Fort
Wayne, Indiana. I have enclosed additional information on the base for your review.
M cn ebr of Congress
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