Air Force General Questioned by Hochul on Future of 107th

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC (WKBW) - Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-Amherst) questioned Air Force Lt. General Chris Miller, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs. at the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness.

Hochul: Let me ask you about the decision making process that was involved in determining which bases received new missions, the ones that were told you're losing this but don't worry you now have ISR, you have cyber security, you have something else to replace it. And certainly I am saying that as a loaded question because if you are going to remove C130s or have any consideration that from the Niagara Falls area, I want to know why we wouldn't be in that category to receive a new mission. Our proximity to Canada, our record of accomplishments, 1500 missions to Afghanistan just to name a few, so that's what I would be saying. If we want to part of that Air Force of the future, we need that opportunity.

General Miller: Yes ma'am, I understand that. In fact, I worked with some Niagara folks when I was in Afghanistan and they did in fact do a great job. We did not have sufficient mission as an Air Force to backfill every loss of fort structure across the entire enterprise. And so in some cases, where there was some remaining mission that played into the determination made by the guard and reserve leadership. In other cases, and I believe that Niagara is in this case, there is an action involving the Navy to bring that capability into that installation that will provide some backfill of the sort.

The House has extended the 107th mission through 2013 while a similar effort is underway in the Senate.

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