Menendez Meets With Air Force Leader to Discuss Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Changes that Could Result from Sequestration

Menendez Meets With Air Force Leader to Discuss Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Changes that Could Result from Sequestration

Menendez, Who Voted Against Sequestration, Urges Preservation of Essential Air Refueling Mission & Associated Military Jobs

WASHINGTON D.C. - Following reports that the Air Force is considering the elimination of entire fleets of fighter jets and air refueling planes if federal sequestration cuts continue into fiscal year 2015, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today met with General Paul Selva, Commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC), to urge the preservation of the air refueling mission and the military jobs associated with it at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

During the meeting, General Selva shared with Menendez his commitment to preserve the air refueling mission attached to the 305th and 514th Air Mobility Wings at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

"My primary focus is protecting the air refueling mission at the joint base because not only is this refueling fleet critical to our national security, it also supports hundreds of good jobs in our state and I am encouraged that General Selva shares that commitment," said Menendez. "I will continue to advocate and make sure that the Joint Base has the resources needed to carry out its mission."

Menendez added:"The fact that the Air Force would have to consider eliminating entire fleets is precisely why I voted against sequestration in the first place - these types of across-the-board cuts do not provide a thoughtful balanced approach to reducing our deficits and only hack away at our critical domestic and military programs."

The joint base employs more than 42,000 people, which makes it the second-largest employer in New Jersey (after the state government), and its economic impact on Burlington and Ocean counties alone has been measured at around $7.2 billion, according to Burlington County Times.

Menendez requested a briefing with General Selva in this letter sent on October 21, 2013.

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Photo: General Paul Selva and Senator Bob Menendez

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