Washington, DC -  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson, along with Congressmen Russ Fulcher (R-ID), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), introduced a resolution expressing continued Congressional support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft program.  Also known as the Warthog, the A-10 Thunderbolt II is popular among pilots, crews and ground troops for its tenacity and close air support capabilities.

“Idaho is the proud home of the 124th Fighter Wing which flies the A-10 aircraft out of Gowen Field in Boise,” said Simpson.  “Our Idaho Air National Guardsmen provide a vital service on the battlefield: close air support for ground troops in combat.  The A-10 has proven itself to be a reliable workhorse of American airpower, and I am pleased that Congress continues to recognize the A-10’s critical mission and the Airmen who support it.”

“Troops on the ground tell me that hearing the A-10 gives them a sense of security when confronted by the enemy,” said Fulcher. “This plane protects our people when they are in danger. It is vital to America’s defense. The A-10 has a home here at Gowen.  I will do what I can to ensure that mission continues.”

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