Roby on House Floor: Dannelly Field Facility Updates Necessary to Support F-35

June 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) yesterday spoke on the House floor during consideration of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill to raise awareness for the facility updates needed at Dannelly Field to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter mission.

“I appreciate the Chairwoman and Ranking Member’s efforts to provide our men and women in uniform adequate and acceptable working spaces so they can do their jobs accurately and efficiently,” Representative Roby said. “I look forward to working together on this issue as we continue through the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations process.”

The 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field in Montgomery was selected as a preferred location for the bed down of the F-35. The first aircraft is scheduled to arrive in the next few years, and Dannelly Field needs a correctly sized and properly configured maintenance facility to support and repair the cutting-edge aircraft. The existing facilities that currently service the F-16 Red Tail’s squadron are inadequate; aircraft maintenance resides in three temporary facilities. The aircraft maintenance shops are 43 percent undersized, and the required tool storage is kept in aircraft parking spaces insides the hangar.

The full text of Representative Roby’s remarks as prepared is below:

I would like to raise awareness that a correctly sized and properly configured maintenance facility to support and repair F-35 Aircraft coming to the 187th Fighter Wing is needed very soon at Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama. 

The 187th Fighter Wing was selected as a preferred location for the bed down of the F-35 with the first aircraft to arrive in the next few years. Squadron operations require administrative, training, and support space as part of the Aircraft Organization Maintenance Shop. 

Currently, the existing facilities that service the F-16 Red Tail’s squadron are inadequate. Aircraft Maintenance currently resides in three temporary facilities or trailers. Much of the space designated for these functions is less than required for effective operations. The Aircraft Maintenance shops are 43% undersized and the required tool storage is kept in aircraft parking spaces in the hangar.

I appreciate the Chairwoman and Ranking Member’s efforts to provide our men and women in uniform adequate and acceptable working spaces so they can do their job accurately and efficiently. I look forward to working with you on this issue as we work through the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process. 

I yield back the balance of my time.

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