Senators Hold Roundtable at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base

Published 03/20 2014 06:04PM

Updated 03/20 2014 11:09PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It was described as an 'historic moment' as U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill, and Roy Blunt teamed up for a roundtable discussion at the 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph.

"We're very fortunate, as a community, to have those senators here," said Mayor Bill Falkner.

The discussion focused on the role of Missouri's military bases in our national defense, and the impact of the recently proposed military cuts.

"Roy and I are both here just to make sure that we are on top of knowing everything we need to know to do the best job advocating for this facility," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat.

The military cuts would cost Missouri $34 million, and would impact hundreds of troops.

The senators are fighting against the proposal, and looked to community and base leaders for issues that back up their argument.

"We learned more about why the J Air Craft is very important. We learned about reclassification of those tales so we get the weapons training program here and stable, and permanent," said Sen. McCaskill.

Those were some of the concerns that, community and base leaders say, impact the airlift wing, the training center and the region.

"We're going to be jointly working to be sure Rosecrans has the equipment it needs, the facility it needs, to continue to provide that kind of service," said Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican.

McCaskill and Blunt, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said they want to see the base grow.

"This is a facility that provides an incredible service at a really competitive cost to the people of the United States, and people all over the world who come here to train," said Sen. Blunt.

They say they will continue to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.