U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has been appointed co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, a group of bipartisan lawmakers from across the nation who represent the interests of Air Force bases in their states.
Brown, D-Ohio, will join Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, in the top leadership spot of a caucus with 45 Senate members. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is also a member of the caucus that began in 1998.
The caucus arranges air base visits and meetings with top Air Force leaders, according to Brown’s office.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, among the largest bases in the U.S. military, is Ohio’s largest single site employer with more than 29,000 military and civilians who work there, based on the most recent figures available. Ohio has an additional 5,000 Air National Guardsmen, including at Springfield Air National Guard Base, Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base near Columbus, Toledo Air National Guard Base and the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, is a co-chairman of the House Air Force Caucus, and chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.