Congressman Gosar Commends Luke AFB on Joint Strike Fighter Mission Assignment

Aug 1, 2012 Issues: Defense, Economy and Jobs

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar issued the following statement on the U.S. Air Force’s decision to base three Air Force F-35A Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) training squadrons at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona.

"Today’s announcement is exciting news for all Arizonans.  The U.S. Department of Defense’s assignment of an F-35-A Lightning II training mission to Luke Air Force Base cements Arizona’s vital role in our nation’s national security and the base’s status as a major economic engine for our community.”

“I would like to thank the brave men and women that serve at Luke and our community for their steadfast support of this important mission.  Today’s decision was the result of a true state-wide team effort.”

“As a member of the Arizona Congressional Delegation, I am committed to advocating on behalf of all of our state’s important military assets and a strong national defense – the federal government’s primary constitutional responsibility.” 

Congressman Paul Gosar is a member of the Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus – a coalition of Representatives committed to the success of the Joint Strike Fighter program.  Additionally, Gosar serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations.