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Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), Ranking Member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, visited Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) today. The Chairman and Ranking Member were briefed on national security and base operations at WPAFB. Following their visit to the base, the Chairman and Ranking Member held a press conference.

Chairman Turner released the following statement:

"I am proud to work with Ranking member Sanchez in a bipartisan manner to keep our country and our troops safe. We continue to raise the issue of readiness shortfalls that plague our military.  I am grateful to have had the chance to bring her back to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to reinforce how critical the base is to our country’s national security. As our nation continues to address some of the most dangerous threats we’ve faced both at home and abroad, we must ensure our military has the resources needed to meet those threats head on."

Ranking Member Sanchez released the following statement:

"As Chairman Turner and I serve on the bipartisan committee that oversees our nation’s defense, we understand the importance of maintaining a strong military and ensuring military readiness. We’ll continue our bipartisan work to support the men and women who serve our country and to strengthen our nation’s defense by making sure that we are adequately funding and equipping our military. I thank Chairman Turner for his invitation to visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, an outstanding base that I’ve been fortunate enough to visit several times and see firsthand the crucial role this base plays in protecting our national security. During this time of ongoing combat operations and as America faces complex and emerging threats, it’s vital that we conduct oversight in critical areas such as Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.”