WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement after reports that A-10 Thunderbolt II’s were used to destroy over 100 oil-tanker trucks in Syria as part of stepped-up strikes on ISIS targets.
“A-10s are again demonstrating their lethality and irreplaceable role in our military when our country needs it most. If the Administration had its way, we wouldn’t have these one-of-a-kind attack jets available to strike at ISIS targets and carry out the vital missions for which they are uniquely suited. Time and time again recently, we’ve seen the A-10’s number called up to protect us; whether it’s in Europe to deter Russian aggression, along the border with North Korea, or in the fight against ISIS. It just shows again, that when the world turns to us to defend against the dangerous and growing threats we face, we turn to the A-10. We’re proud that the National Defense Authorization Act once again keeps the A-10 flying for the next fiscal year, and we will continue to do everything we can to prevent the Air Force from prematurely retiring this vital aircraft.”
Rep. McSally spoke on the House floor yesterday about the A-10 strikes in Syria.