Bacon Fights for Funding to Replace 57-Year-Old Planes at Offutt

July 23, 2018
Press Release
Funding Included in 2019 NDAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The text of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was released today by the House and Senate Conference Committee. Congressman Don Bacon (NE-02) served on the committee for the second year in a row, and worked to convince House leadership and conference members to secure funding for OC-135s.

“It was great to work with Senator Deb Fischer (NE) to ensure the safety of our aircrews by securing the funding for replacement of the OC-135s at Offutt that are 57 years old,” said Rep. Bacon. “These aircraft are used as part of the Open Skies Treaty and have broken down in Russia, putting the safety of our men and women in uniform at risk. They are an important part of the 55th Wing at Offutt and the security of our nation.”

Congressman Bacon led the 55th Wing as a Brigadier General and understands the necessity of having safe and reliable equipment for our nation’s service members. The NDAA also includes funding for upgrades to the WC-135 Constant Phoenix and RC-135s.