COLUMBUS, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) participated in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the KC-135 Flight Deck Simulator at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base.

“I was honored to participate in today’s ribbon cutting ceremony for the KC-135 flight deck simulator,” said Portman. “Ohio is home to some of the best military installations in the world, and one is right here in Columbus. The work being done at the 121st Air Refueling Wing is critical to our efforts to protect the homeland. I’ll continue fighting to properly fund and support programs like this that benefit Ohio’s economy and help keep Americans safe.”

Portman led the entire Ohio delegation in a bipartisan effort on behalf of the Ohio Air National Guard urging General Carlton Everhart of the Air Mobility Command to locate a KC-135 air refueling tanker flight simulator at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus. In April of last year, Portman announced the U.S. Air Force had fulfilled their request. Bringing the simulator to Rickenbacker is important because it will increase training opportunities on the base, increase cost-effectiveness, and put Rickenbacker in a better position to receive future missions and equipment. The simulator will boost construction, add 10 permanent jobs, and increase economic activity at local hotels, restaurants and retails as air crews from around the country come to Rickenbacker for simulator training. 

In August of 2017, as part of Portman’s Ohio Military Facility Tour, he visited the 121st Air Refueling Wing at the Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, met with military personnel, and discussed his ongoing work to support their efforts.

Photos from the event are below: