U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla. perform an aerial refueling mission with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 336th Air Refueling Squadron from March ARB, Calif., May 14, 2013 off the coast of Northwest Florida. The 33rd Fighter Wing is a joint graduate flying and maintenance training wing that trains Air Force, Marine, Navy and international partner operators and maintainers of the F-35 Lightning II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/Released)

Rep. Lesko Introduces Bi-Partisan Resolution Recognizing The F-35

West Valley Congresswoman Debbie Lesko today introduced a House Resolution asking Congress to continue their support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Rep. Lesko’s district encompasses Luke Air Force base, which trains pilots from all over the world and will eventually be home to 144 F-35A Joint Strike Fighter jets.  The F-35A is a next-generation fighter jet that offers state-of-the-art stealth capabilities and unprecedented safety for its pilots. It is a jet that has received praise from both sides of the aisle and is seen as the only plane that can handle the new threats of the 21st century.

Arizona has a long history with the F-35.  The late Senator John McCain was instrumental in bringing the training program to Luke Air Force base and was a constant watchdog of the program, helping bring costs down.  Most recently, President Trump visited the base in October and commended the program, the base, and it’s importance to the country.  “This incredible state is home to six major military installations, more than 30,000 military personnel, and thousands of defense companies,” said President Trump.  “Arizona’s military industry supports 76,000 jobs — that’s big — and creates $11.5 billion in economic output.”

Representative Lesko’s resolution is co-sponsored by Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX) and has 40 co-sponsors.  In the release of the resolution, Congresswoman Lesko stated that “Luke Air Force base is the largest F-35 operating base in the world, training pilots from around the world right here in Arizona.  The F-35 is imperative to Luke Air Force Base, the U.S. military, and to our national security. I am encouraged by all of my colleagues who agree that the F-35 should be supported for years to come.”