WASHINGTON – Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally along with Representatives O’Halleran (AZ-01), Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Gosar (AZ-04), Biggs (AZ-05), Schweikert (AZ-06), Gallego (AZ-07), Lesko (AZ-08), and Stanton (AZ-09) wrote to the Acting Secretary of the Air Force urging the Air Force to provide the Arizona Air National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing with additional aircraft to ensure military readiness.

“Our national security capacity is directly tied to the depth of our Joint Force, including National Guard and Reserve elements. Flexibility to respond to the full suite of national security challenges requires strong cooperation between the Active Duty, Reserves, and Air National Guard to ensure the right assets are best placed to ensure Air Force readiness. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to increase the number of KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to the 161st Air Refueling Wing,” the members wrote. 

The full text of the letter is available here.