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115th Flight Wing In Madison Praised As F-35 Jets Are Discussed

August 27, 2019

This week the Wisconsin State Journal had a guest column which was most timely given the local discussion in advance of F-35 jets being placed at Truax field.  The day-to-day work of the flight wing is not as well known in the area as one might think, given the close proximity they are as neighbors and friends.

Pat Richter, who needs no background biography to be given in our area, wrote a column which sums up a more-or-less typical day for this group dedicated to the community where they live and work.

Later that evening, dangerous storms produced tornadoes. Damaging winds tore through northern Wisconsin. The damage was so severe that Gov. Tony Evers declared a statewide emergency and activated the Wisconsin National Guard. Members of the 115th Fighter Wing volunteered for active duty and were sent to northern Wisconsin. With little notice, they left their homes and families and have spent nearly a month stationed in Polk, Barron and Langlade counties. They have cleared trees that blocked over 50 miles of roads and hauled away more than 1,500 truckloads of debris.

What I find amusing, in light of the facts, are the number of people who have something negative to say about the F-35 jets, or even in isolated conversations about the pilots who have dedicated their skills to flying these aircraft, but have no idea how the fighter wing contributes to our daily lives.

I argue these jets are needed and it is our duty to support them at Truax.


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