Carter: Keep the A-10’s Flying

| November 16, 2015

Carter Buddy

Buddy Carter, U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia First District

The Air Force may finally be realizing what we have known all along as they announced this week that it is considering delaying the retirement of the A-10 Warthog aircraft for several years.

The A-10 is the only aircraft of its kind that can effectively accomplish its mission of protecting our troops while remaining close to the battlefield for any additional support that may be needed by our ground troops. No other fixed-wing airframes are as proficient as the A-10 in operating in rugged environments, low visibility, and very low altitudes. The A-10s, operated by the 23rd Wing, have been providing critical close air support (CAS) for our ground troops since they first entered service in the 1970s. It is this unique ability to perform effective close air support that has garnered the A-10 with high accolades in recent theatres of conflict, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, A-10s are flying Close Air Support missions against ISIS advances.

It’s outrageous the Air Force would even consider retiring this platform as they deploy the A-10 fleet from Moody Air Force Base to fight ISIS overseas.

I strongly urge the Air Force to move forward with delaying the retirement of the Warthog for the safety of our troops and nation.

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2 Comments on "Carter: Keep the A-10’s Flying"

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  1. Rynard Watson says:

    I agree totally the A-10’s are a strong piece of machinery needed when fighting don’t put them in a graveyard while their still very capable of putting our enemies there!

  2. Elmore Wrathmore JR says:

    While you’re at it then why don’t you get the Military to strike down the hunt for a new service sidearm.