Following Portman Request, President Authorizes $15 Million for New Toledo Air Base Hangars
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced today that President Trump has signed the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report into law, authorizing $15 million to support the construction of upgraded fighter aircraft hangars for the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo, Ohio. Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) included this funding after Portman sent a letter earlier this year urging them to do so. The 180th Fighter Wing, which Portman visited earlier this year as part of his Ohio Defense Tour, carries out the critical Aerospace Control Alert (ACA) mission to protect America’s airspace.
“This is a huge win for the Airmen of the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo 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 Fighter Wing in Toledo has the best equipment available. The current ACA hangars are outdated and don’t provide the protection needed for the aircraft and the airmen maintaining them. Now that the president has authorized funding to replace these outdated hangers, the men and women serving our country in Toledo will be able to better perform their critical national security mission.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 soon to see these hangars fully operational.”
NOTE: In August, Portman visited the 180th Fighter Wing as part of his Ohio Defense Tour. In addition to supporting construction of upgraded fighter aircraft hangars for the 180th, Portman has worked hard to highlight Toledo’s role in carrying out a range of important national and homeland security missions, including hosting then-Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James for a tour of the installation in June 2016. 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, is a strong supporter and advocate for Ohio’s military facilities and research institutions.