Congressman Horsford Highlights Essential Defense Capabilities at Creech Air Force Base in House Armed Services Committee Hearing

June 17, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) joined his colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee to hear testimony from the Department of the Air Force on fiscal year 2022 budget needs. In the hearing, Congressman Horsford highlighted the critical role of 432nd Wing airmen at Creech Air Force Base and urged continued investments in essential defense capabilities, including the MQ-9 Reaper. 

“The airmen of Creech Air Force Base and the 432nd Wing play an irreplaceable role in our national defense as the eyes and ears of our deployed commanders. Last Congress, I was glad to vote to procure essential capabilities for Creech in the 2021 NDAA — but our combatant commanders still need more resources than the Air Force has provided. As Congress considers the fiscal year 2022 Air Force budget request, I will continue to advocate for continued procurement of the technology that Creech airmen need to fulfill their mission," said Congressman Steven Horsford.

During the hearing, Congressman Horsford asked Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown about continued procurement of the MQ-9 Reaper, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operated by the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base. General Brown confirmed that the MQ-9 will remain part of essential defense capabilities through the next decade.

Creech Air Force Base is one of four military installations in Nevada’s Fourth District, which is also home to Nellis Air Force Base, the Nevada Test and Training Range, and the Hawthorne Army Depot.

Congressman Horsford’s full statement and question can be viewed here.

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