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John Sanchez on Homeland Security

 


Push for Air Force base siting in New Mexico

Sanchez sent a letter to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley supporting the planned transfer of two F-16 training squadrons from Luke Air Force Base, AZ, to Holloman AFB. The letter was sent in response to a letter Sen. John McCain sent to Donley asking him to rethink the move that he says would waste taxpayer money.

McCain's letter asked Donley to reconsider the relocation of the two squadrons, along with 1,000 service members, to Holloman by 2014. McCain said he is concerned about the Air Force spending about $47 million to prepare Holloman for the jet fighters.

Sanchez, an active member of the New Mexico Base Planning Commission, cited advantages Holloman has over Luke: the combination of airspace and an abundance of ramp space at Holloman "provides an environment for unmatched fighter training missions while ensuring the safety of personnel & aircraft." Sanchez also said transferring the two F-16 training squadrons from Luke to Holloman "is the appropriate move for our national security.

Source: Alamogordo Daily News, "Sanchez counters McCain" , Sep 16, 2011

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