Senator Stabenow Applauds Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s Announcement that the Air Force will Delay Retirement of A-10 Warthog

In speech previewing next week’s budget release, Sec. Carter says budget request defers the A-10’s retirement until 2022

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today issued the following statement following Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s remarks yesterday that the Air Force will delay retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt II until 2022. Recently, hundreds of airmen from Selfridge Air National Guard Base and 12 A-10s returned from a six-month deployment to the Middle East after flying 1,600 sorties against ISIS as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.


“Secretary Carter’s announcement delaying the A-10 Warthog is welcome news for our troops and the hundreds of airmen who fly and operate the A-10 at Selfridge. We know all too well in Michigan that the A-10 is fully engaged against ISIS and continues to protect troops under fire and save lives. I, along with members of the Michigan delegation, have repeatedly called on the Pentagon to keep the A-10 fleet flying, and am pleased the upcoming budget request will do just that.”