Barber Gets House Approval For Continued A-10 Military Jet Funding

By Steve Shadley
Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 1:08pm
Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014 - 1:35pm
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(Photo by Staff Sgt Stephany Richards/U.S. Air Force)
An A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft from the 124th Operations Support Flight flying over Utah in early 2012.

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a measure that will extend the military’s A-10 jet program for another year. The proposal is co-sponsored by Arizona Rep. Ron Barber who wants to keep the jet flying at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Barber’s amendment to protect the A-10 from retirement was added to the nearly $600 billion National Defense Authorization Act.  His proposal passed the U. S. House on Thursday by a vote of 300-114.  Barber told his fellow Congress members the A-10 is needed to protect U.S. ground troops fighting in Afghanistan.

"We simply cannot allow the A-10 to be grounded. We cannot afford to lose the knowledge and expertise of the pilots that fly this aircraft like those stationed in my home district at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base,” Barber said.

The A-10 was targeted in Pentagon budget cuts as part of federal sequestration last year and the new F-35 jet fighter is being phased in to replace it. 

But Barber, who is running for re-election, said the A-10 is important to southern Arizona’s economy and Davis-Monthan contributes $1 billion to the Tucson area each year. 


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