WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Josh
Hawley (Mo.), along with U.S. Representative Sam
Graves (Mo.), applauded the Air Force’s decision to include Rosecrans
Air National Guard Base in St. Joseph in the next round of potential bases to
host an Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.
the home to the highly skilled men and women of the 139th Airlift Wing,
Rosecrans Air National Guard Base is an ideal host for the next Aeromedical
Evacuation Squadron,” said Blunt. “Every year, the region’s
well-respected medical and nursing schools produce thousands of health care
professionals who are eager to serve. I hope the U.S. Air Force will consider
all the benefits Rosecrans brings to the table as the basing process
Hawley said, “It’s
encouraging that the Air Force will continue to consider the Air National Guard
base at St. Joseph for the new Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Already
home to the 139th Airlift Wing, the citizen-airmen and women there enjoy
tremendous support from the local St. Joseph community. I can think of no better
location for this important capability.”
“Today’s announcement is great news. Whether
it be its central location, primary aircraft inventory or stellar mission
crews, Rosecrans Air National Guard Base is well-positioned to host this unit.
I’m thrilled they’ve made it through the first round and I know the impeccable
credentials of the 139th Airlift Wing make it incredibly competitive
to secure this squadron,” said Graves.
August 2019, Blunt, Hawley, and Graves sent
a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Air Force expressing their support for
locating the squadron in St. Joseph. Today’s decision is just the first round
of potential bases. Another decision is expected in 2020 as to which base on
today’s list will house the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.