In anticipation of what is expected to be dramatic spending cuts by the U.S. Department of Defense, Idaho's congressional delegation is reaching out to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force to come to the Gem State and check out Idaho's military installations before recommending any cuts.
Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Congressmen Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson co-authored a letter to General Mark Welsh III, writing that Idaho's installations are "uniquely capable of meeting the needs of the Air Force in a cost-effective manner."
"The service of our Airmen is supported and enhanced by the capabilities of the installation at which they serve, wrote the delegation. "Idaho's military installations are a valued resource for the state and our nation."
The delegation noted that it has been more than 30 years since an active Chief of Staff of the Air Force has visited Mountain Home Air Force Base or Gowen Field.