U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-6), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included funding for C-130H modernization for the Air National Guard 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph, Missouri.
"The C-130H aircraft has been a critical component of our military's fighting force for over 40 years, providing tactical airlift support that is second to none in the world," Rep. Graves said. "Modernizing this fleet will be vital toward maintaining the effectiveness of the Air National Guard, particularly the 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joe."
"This funding is especially important because the 139th Airlift Wing has just been chosen by the Air National Guard as one of the bases to receive these critical modernization upgrades beginning next year. These upgrades will ensure the longevity and modernization of 20 C-130H aircrafts to operate through 2040."
Additionally, NDAA secures the largest pay increase for troops in eight years.