TURNER, Brown, Portman Secure New Mission at WPAFB
Today, the Pentagon made public its decision to locate the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator (HPSI) Organization at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The new mission will bring at least 400 jobs, with the potential for more to be located at the base over the next several years.
In April, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) and Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman led the entire Ohio congressional delegation in advocating to U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson for the mission to come to Wright-Patt because the base is uniquely qualified to handle the new mission. In a meeting Turner arranged in June, the Senators and other members of the Ohio delegation met with Secretary Wilson in Washington and made the case for Wright-Patt in person.
“In numerous discussions with Secretary Wilson, I expressed that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base provides the best opportunity of success for this incredibly important mission for our national security,” said Congressman Turner. “With today’s decision to bring the F-35 HPSI Organization to Wright-Patt, at least 400 new jobs will be added to our community as a direct result of our strong bipartisan advocacy.”
“The men and women at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base perform critical acquisition missions supporting our national defense,” said Senator Brown. “Secretary Wilson recognized that the base, and the greater Dayton area, provide a unique environment to enable our servicemembers and civilians to continue meeting our national security needs. This mission will continue to grow the critical acquisition and technical expertise in the Miami Valley.”
“The Air Force’s decision to locate the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator at Wright-Patt is great news for the Dayton region and more than 400 new jobs at the base,” said Senator Portman. “This decision is a testament to our incredible work force and reinforces the Miami Valley’s critical role in supporting our national defense. In addition to bringing high-paying jobs to Dayton, this Support Integrator will help contribute to the effectiveness of our F-35 program.”