Despite the whole Montana Congressional Delegation being against it, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the final approval to the Powder River Training Complex (PRTC). (Source)
This will extend into southeastern Montana an air training area that would be used by B-1 and B-52 airplanes from Minot and Ellsworth Air Force Bases in North and South Dakota. It will expand to about 28,000 square miles from the current 8,300 square miles that is used for training. PRTC will save millions of tax dollars because crews will train closer to home. That means they will also be closer to their families. If the area had been approved for training 2013, the Air Force estimates it would have saved $21 million.
Congratulations go to U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) who worked tirelessly on this plan and his unwavering support for our nation’s military.
On the other hand, U.S. Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines, and Representative Ryan Zinke (and before that Senator Max Baucus and Rep. Denny Rehberg) dishonored the military by coming out against the PRTC.
Recently the Great Falls Tribune asked readers this question: “Should the Air Force expand the Powder River Training Complex?” The results from the Tribune’s question were interesting: 64% of those responding said “Yes” and 36% said “No.” It’s a shame that Montana’s Congressional delegation did not take notice.
What these elected officials from Montana basically did was tell the military and aerospace/defense companies that Montana’s skies are closed.
Freedom is not free.
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