By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
As promised, Save Jerseyans, freshman Rep. Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) led the charge on behalf of thousands of his constituents employed by the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Wednesday night, securing language in the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act safeguarding the KC-10 refueling tanker from efforts to retire it and, in so doing, protecting the base itself from the chopping block.
The GOP also excluded a Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) process from the defense budget. Here’s video of Congressman MacArthur’s floor remarks on that particular topic:
“The KC-10 is critically important not only to our military’s air mobility and readiness, but to the survival of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the 40,000 New Jerseyans employed there,” MacArthur said in a subsequent statement hours after his floor speech. “It is imperative that we protect our most capable and reliable refeuler from an early and reckless retirement, and I’ve been fighting to prevent that from happening.”
The refueling aircraft account for two-thirds of the joint base’s flying mission.
“With tonight’s success and the protection of the KC-10 tanker, we can ensure that our military has the proven resources it needs to respond to changing global resources around the world,” MacArthur added.