Lawmakers hail news of F-35 fighters jets going to Wisconsin

Lawmakers hail news of F-35 fighters jets going to Wisconsin
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Wisconsin lawmakers and officials celebrated this week the decision to base a squadron of F-35 fighter jets in Madison, the state's capital. 

"This is outstanding news for Wisconsin! The first of the 18 F-35 jets are scheduled to begin arriving at Truax Field on Madison's North Side early in 2023," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, tweeted Friday.

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“I applaud the Air Force for recognizing the strategic importance of our state, and I look forward to Wisconsin playing a major role as the Air Force modernizes and enhances its capabilities to keep America safe and secure," Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Comey, Rice, Clapper among GOP senator's targets for subpoenas amid Obama-era probe Schumer: GOP should 'stop sitting on their hands' on coronavirus bill MORE (R-Wis.) said in a statement.

The Air Force announced on Thursday that Truax Field would host the $100 million F-35 fighter jets. The military branch announced that it would also base a squadron in Montgomery, Ala. 

“I congratulate the dedicated men and women of the 115th Fighter Wing,” Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinWarren calls for investigation into OSHA inspections during pandemic Mail ballot surge places Postal Service under spotlight Justice Department investigating meat price increases: report MORE (D-Wis.) said in a statement.

“I have been proud to play a lead role within the Wisconsin Congressional delegation advocating for the 115th, and I am pleased that the Air Force has recognized the tremendous strategic, geographic and economic capabilities that Truax offers," she said.