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McSally Reinforces Importance of F-35 to Luke in Senate Hearing

U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) touted Luke Air Force Base’s innovative F-35 maintenance program that saves time and resources and increases effectiveness of the base’s squadrons. 

At a U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services nomination hearing considering Ambassador Barbara Barrett as the next Secretary of the Air Force, McSally encouraged the nominee to implement a maintenance program utilized by F-35 maintainers at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) across other Air Force...

McSally Presses Air Force Secretary Nominee on PFAS Contamination

U.S. SENATE — Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) pressed Ambassador Barbara M. Barrett, nominee to be the Secretary of the Air Force, on the Air Force’s role in addressing groundwater contamination in Arizona.

Recent tests identified high-levels of a toxic chemical compound known as PFAS in private wells north of Arizona National Guard Facilities at Tucson International Airport. The contaminated water is not part of the city’s drinking water supply.

During a U.S. Senate Committee on...

McSally Statement on Department of Defense Announcement

U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) released the following statement after the Secretary of Defense announced the deferment of a military construction project in Arizona. McSally fought to ensure no projects in Arizona were impacted and received that guarantee from the former Acting Secretary of Defense. However, the lone project impacted in Arizona was already delayed due to unforeseen environmental issues at the construction site.

McSally was informed that the only...

McSally Announces New Air Force A-10 Contract

U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that in response to her direct efforts, the Air Force has awarded a new contract to replace wings on over 100 A-10’s. This contract will cover the remaining A-10’s in need of wing replacements, allowing the fleet to fly well into the 2030’s.

"As a former A-10 pilot and commander of an A-10 squadron in combat, I know how critical the Warthog is to our military’s success in the air and on the ground,” said McSally. “I led the fight...

McSally Makes Domestic Terrorism a Punishable Crime

Closes Gap in Law on Terrorist Activities

U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) released a discussion draft of legislation to add specific punishments for acts of domestic terrorism and provide federal law enforcement with new charging options. McSally intends to introduce the legislation when the Senate returns in September.

Under current law, domestic terrorism, while defined in the criminal code, is not itself a distinct federal crime with specific punishments. Because of...

Arizona Delegation Members Urge the Air Force to Provide Additional Aircraft for the Arizona National Guard’s 161st Air Refueling Wing

WASHINGTON – Arizona Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) 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...

McSally Provides Certainty for Nation’s Military

U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) supported a bipartisan, bicameral budget agreement to provide certainty for the future of our nation’s military.

Download McSally’s audio statement HERE.

“Too often, Congress governs by self-created crises that have devastating impacts on the readiness of our armed forces,” said McSally. “This deal is far from perfect, but it was the least-worst option in a divided government. We must give our brave men and women in uniform the resources...

McSally Presses Deputy Defense Secretary Nominee on Maintaining Arizona’s Critical Role in National Defense

Highlights Luke Air Force Base’s innovative plane maintenance

U.S. SENATE — Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) pressed the Deputy Secretary of Defense nominee on Arizona’s role in providing critical military readiness and secured a commitment that he would modernize Arizona’s testing and training ranges to ensure Arizona’s bases are strong for decades to come.

During a U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing to consider the nomination of David Norquist to be Deputy Secretary of...

McSally: Esper is the Strong Leader Our Military Needs

U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Mark Esper to be Secretary of Defense on a bipartisan vote of 90-8: 

“At a critical time in a dangerous world, Secretary Esper is the strong leader our military needs,” said McSally. “After serving our country in uniform, Esper spent his civilian career ensuring that the men and women who serve in our armed forces have every tool necessary to do their job and do it well. I...

McSally Questions Secretary of Defense Nominee on China as National Security Threat

U.S. SENATE—Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) sought to ensure that the United States is well prepared for any potential national security threat, especially from China.  

During a U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing to consider his nomination to be Secretary of Defense, McSally asked Dr. Mark Esper about the potential national security threats that go along with U.S. rural wireless carriers using Chinese technology on their cellular networks located near major military...