U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is expressing her displeasure with the U.S. Air Force for choosing Fort Stewart in New York over Memphis as the base for a group of eight new C-17 cargo planes. The planes are a part of Air Force missions delivering humanitarian aid and also provide disaster assistance.
The decision for the Air Force was between Memphis and Fort Stewart and Blackburn was told Tuesday it wasn’t Memphis.
Here is her written statement Tuesday afternoon in full:
“I am disappointed Memphis is not the ‘preferred option’ to host the new C-17 unit and am curious about what ‘operational issues’ drove the Air Force to determine that a facility in New York is superior to the world’s premier distribution hub. So far senior Air Force officials have been unable or unwilling to answer my direct question on these issues. Memphis is an obvious choice for the C-17s and I will continue pressing the Air Force on why we were bypassed. I will insist that the Air Force be transparent in their future operational assessments of Memphis.”