U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill spoke about the base during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
McCaskill asked Air Force leaders to consider the 139th to house C130-J aircraft.
"As you know, they fly C-130s, and do a critical training mission for other members of the Guard, and for our allies. And one of the reasons that is a cost effective base for the National Guard and for our nation's military is because of the training that they're providing, and getting revenue for, to many pilots from across the world. I think you probably know the problem: they don't have a J. And if they don't get a 130-J, then those countries are no longer going to come to get trained at St. Joseph," McCaskill stated during the hearing.
McCaskill and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt were at the base in St. Joseph in March. They discussed the role of Missouri's military bases in our national defense, and the impact of the recently proposed military cuts.
"We learned more about why the J Air Craft is very important," McCaskill said in March. "We learned about reclassification of those tales so we get the weapons training program here stable and permanent."
Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh told McCaskill they would look at the plan for St. Joseph to offer a briefing at a later date.