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Rubio Welcomes Air Force’s Announcement of New Unmanned Aircraft Coming to North Florida

Nov 28, 2017 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement today welcoming the U.S. Air Force’s announcement that the new MQ-9 Wing Base Y of the MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aircraft System (Reaper UAS) will be Tyndall Air Force Base in Northwest Florida:
“I have long advocated for the Air Force to base the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft in Florida, so I am very pleased it decided to do so. We look forward to welcoming 24 new aircraft and the more than 1600 airmen and their families who will soon call the Florida panhandle area home. Florida’s military community plays a vital role in defending our nation, and the Reaper system is a key component of the Air Force’s global intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.”
In January 2017, Rubio urged then-acting Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James to select one of the Florida military installations being considered as the home base for the MQ-9 Reaper UAS.