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BIDDLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Pa .– A congressional delegation led by United States Congresswoman Madeleine Dean visited the 111th Attack Wing at Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pa. On December 21, 2021.
The group of federal and state representatives received an organizational and base update and met with members of the command during their tour.
“It is a privilege to welcome our Congressional leaders to learn more about the 111th mission and the incredible work our Airmen do 365 days a year across the Commonwealth and around the world,” said Col. Rebecca A Gray, 111th ATKW Wing Vice-Commander. “It is important to connect with our congressional delegation as we look to the future. We must partner up in order to capitalize on the incredible resources of talent, military mission and our geography that we have here at Biddle Air Guard Base.
At the start of the tour, Congresswoman Dean made some opening remarks and thanked the 111th ATKW for their support in recent international and domestic operations.
“I want you to know that we appreciate and recognize not only your support to international operations through your MQ-9 Reaper operations and to Lithuania, our State Guard Partnership program partner; but I also want to acknowledge your support at home to counter the recent civil unrest in our nation’s capital and at home in Philadelphia, ”Dean said. “I would also like to thank you for your focus, commitment and progress in addressing community water quality issues and base storm water runoff. “
Dean also recognized the command for its support of Operation Allies Refuge at Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, the effort which provides transportation, temporary accommodation, medical screening and support to some 14,000 Afghan evacuees there.
The group received a briefing briefing from Gray and an MQ-9 Reaper mission briefing from Col. Edward J. Fink, Jr., commander of the 111th Operations Group.
Following these briefings, the group split into two parts and made a round-robin tour of the MQ-9 simulator at the 111th OG, and received a briefing on the cyber-mission from Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas A. Love, commander, 112th Cyberspace Operations Squadron.
Pennsylvania State Senators Maria Collet and Katie Muth as well as State Representatives Ben Sanchez, Joe Webster, Nancy Guenst and Todd Stephens joined MP Dean on the tour. US Senator Pat Toomey was represented by his Director of State, Mr. Bob DeSouza; and US Senator Bob Casey was represented by Mr. Zachary Shaw, his Legislative Assistant for National Security. US Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick was represented by his District Director, Mr. Peter Chong.
Other tour members included:
• Admiral (Retired) Nancy Lescavage, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Military Community Improvement Commission
• Mr. Peter Witmer, Deputy Director, PMCEC
• Ms. Sandy Leggieri, PMCEC Commissioner
• Ms. Shea Bauersmith, Legislative Assistant, Office of Representative Todd Stephens
• Mr. Kelly Lewis, President and CEO, Lewis Strategic, PLLC
• Ms. Jacqueline Dyer, Senior Constituents Counsel, Office of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick
• Ms. Correne Kristiansen, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Collett
• Mr. Tom Ames, Deputy Director, Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority
“It was an amazing day,” said Gray. “I want to thank everyone who was involved in welcoming our distinguished visitors to Biddle Air Guard Base, and in particular to our Congress and community leaders for taking the time, despite their jobs. busy time, touring the base and spending the day with our amazing Airmen. “