Army Vice Chief of Staff says A-10 is a “game changer”

ayotteAt a Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee hearing today, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) highlighted feedback she heard last weekend from U.S. Special Forces personnel in Afghanistan who credited the A-10’s capabilities as being critical in close-contact settings with enemy forces. Ayotte met with U.S. service members in Afghanistan during a congressional delegation mission last weekend.

“The feedback I was getting repeatedly on the ground from the guys that are really taking the fire every day for us, was that this airframe is important,” said Ayotte, who serves as Ranking Member of the Readiness Subcommittee.

General John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, who has commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and also commanded the 101st Airborne Division, also praised the airframe during his testimony today.

“Commanding the 101st in RC-East [in Afghanistan] we had A-10 capability come in and provide close air support to our soldiers in very bad terrain. What I think the soldiers on the ground, both the special operators and conventional forces, would tell you it’s a game changer,” he said. “It’s ugly, it’s loud, but when it comes in…it just makes a difference, and so it would be a game changer.”

Senator Ayotte has led the fight against the Pentagon’s plan to prematurely retire the A-10 before a replacement aircraft achieves full operational capability, which would create a close air support capability gap that could endanger the lives of our troops in future conflicts.

Friday, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is sending a member of his staff to meet with the public at 10:00 a.m. at the Tubac Library, A-10 supporters are encouraging the public to attend and demand that the senator co-sponsor Ayotte’s legislation that protects the A-10 from the planned mothballing by the Air Force.

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3 Comments on "Army Vice Chief of Staff says A-10 is a “game changer”"

  1. AHHHH YES, a flunky is to come to town while the politician goes probably to a fund raiser or a golf tournament with his buddy mclame. Sure glad that the folks back east have a fighter for the A10, I know we sure need one. Despite the reelection ads for santa, he has done really nothing for the area other than make an add that takes credit for the stuff the lady from back east initiated! Where was he last year when this was 1st announced?

    Typical of the politicians that are hired from this area, make a little noise to make folks think they are doing something then get re-elected if possible and then go back to doing what you did before…NOTHING.

    Sure sounds like all of the local POLS, must be election time again!!

  2. Amen, Hank, only when they need our vote. Wonder how it feels to tag along on a skirt for all of these years and not have any platform yourself. Now we actually see him for what he really is on the A10 issue and jobs in the general Tucson area. A day late and a dollar short. If it wasn’t for Ayotte he would have never opened his mouth to save 2K jobs and countless other jobs that depend on the AFB. Keep up the good work Ron, we are so proud.

  3. The Truth Hurts | March 30, 2014 at 11:13 pm |

    A New Hampshire senator is fighting for the A-10.

    Two AZ senators, McCAIN and FLAKEy, absent.

    Tells you something.

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