As Part of his Three-Day ‘Results Tour,’ Portman Visits Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Meets with Base Leadership
The Three-Day Tour Will Cover 11 Counties, More Than 630 Miles Highlighting Accomplishments that are Making a Difference for Ohio Workers, Families, and Communities
CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his ‘Results Tour,’ visiting Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and meeting with Air Force leadership who oversee the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) and the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator.
“I was pleased with the update I received today from the leadership at Wright-Patt as they continue to upgrade their facilities and do their important work,” said Portman. “Today, I saw the future location for NASIC’s most recent military construction project for their Foreign Military Exploitation mission, as well as some of the groundbreaking analysis they are doing to keep our skies and our country safe from foreign threats. NASIC plays a critical role in helping the leadership of our country understand foreign threats to U.S. air and space operations and deserves modern facilities befitting of its work.”
Portman has taken the lead in the Senate in helping secure funding to modernize NASIC’s overcrowded and outdated campus facilities to meet the demands of today’s missions. With significant total workforce growth that has outpaced their facility growth, NASIC has been forced to utilize antiquated World War II era facilities on base and temporary structures.
The FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report authorized $182 million for the modernization effort at NASIC. Congress appropriated the first $61 million in FY 2019, the first of three installments to fund the modernization effort. President Trump’s FY 2020 budget requested the full $120.9 million remaining for FY 2020. The House authorized the full amount in the FY 2020 NDAA, and the Senate authorized $74 million. Portman is fighting to secure full funding in conference to allow the project to move forward towards completion.
This investment in NASIC infrastructure will provide the command with much-needed secure spaces that meet the demands of the growing workforce and the associated information technology requirements of modern facilities. Portman has visited NASIC at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to discuss their recent military construction projects and the need for this new investment.
Portman also visited the future site of the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integrator (HPSI) Organization. This command is being relocated to Wright-Patt and will bring over 400 new jobs to the base. In December of 2018, Portman - along with Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Mike Turner - announced that the Air Force selected to locate the F-35 HPSI at Wright-Patt. In April of 2018, Portman, Brown, and Turner led the entire Ohio congressional delegation in writing a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson in support of bringing the F-35 HPSI Organization to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In June of 2018, Portman, Brown, and Turner, along with other members of the Ohio delegation, met with Secretary Wilson in Washington, where they made the case for Wright-Patt in person.
Traveling more than 630 miles across Ohio over three days, Portman will see firsthand how his efforts at the federal level are helping Ohio workers, farmers, small businesses, and communities. He will participate in events highlighting how tax reform is helping our economy and how federal funding he helped secure to fight the drug epidemic is being used to save lives. Portman will also visit Ohio military installations to see how funding he helped secure is creating jobs and strengthening our national defense. In addition, he will tour the Transportation Research Center, a world-class testing facility he helped ensure can compete on a level playing field for federal funding for autonomous vehicle research. Finally, he will visit with farmers in Northwest Ohio to highlight his efforts to help address recent flooding as well as to see how Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding he fought to preserve is being used to improve and preserve the health of Lake Erie.
Photos from the visit are below: