Concluding His Three-Day ‘Results Tour’ In Toledo, Portman Visits the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing
The Three-Day Tour Covered 11 Counties, More Than 630 Miles Highlighting Accomplishments that are Making a Difference for Ohio Workers, Families, and Communities
TOLEDO, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) concluded his three-day ‘Results Tour’ by visiting the 180th Fighter Wing at the Toledo Air National Guard Base in Swanton. Portman visited with Airmen of the 180th Fighter Wing, received a briefing on the Aerospace Control Alert mission and toured the base to see the new Small Arms Firing Range and current construction of new hangars of which he fought to secure funding for.
“I had a chance to meet today with some of our Airmen of the 180th Fighter Wing who are carrying out one of our nation’s most important homeland defense missions: protecting our skies through the Aerospace Control Alert,” said Portman. “Defending the homeland remains the number one national security mission for our military, so it is critical that the 180th has the best resources available. I was proud to fight for the funding to replace these outdated hangars so that the men and women serving our country in Toledo will be able to better perform their critical national security mission. I look forward to returning to the 180th next year to see these hangars fully operational.”
Portman helped secure the $15 million in funding for the new ACA hangars that were included in the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate Armed Services Committee included this funding in the FY 2018 NDAA Conference Report after Portman sent a letter urging them to do so.
Portman, who was awarded the Ohio National Guard Association’s Major General Charles Dick Award for Legislative Excellence for his years of strong support for the Ohio National Guard, most recently visited the base in August 2017 as part of his Ohio Defense Tour.
Traveling more than 630 miles across Ohio over three days, Portman saw firsthand how his efforts at the federal level are helping Ohio workers, farmers, small businesses, and communities. He has participated 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 is also visiting Ohio military installations to see how funding he helped secure is creating jobs and strengthening our national defense. In addition, he toured 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 visited 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 event are below: