Small Wars Journal

Retiring the A-10 Early Puts Troops' Lives at Risk

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:29am

Retiring the A-10 Early Puts Troops' Lives at Risk by Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain & Saxby Chambliss, Real Clear Defense

When we send our troops into harm’s way, we have a solemn obligation to ensure they have the very best support possible so they can accomplish their missions and return home safely.

This is certainly true when it comes to close air support (CAS) aircraft, which provide ground troops with the decisive firepower they need when they are engaged in close contact with the enemy. 

Ask any soldier which aircraft provides the best CAS, and they’ll tell you it’s the combat-proven A-10. 

Last week, the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Ray Odierno, reiterated his belief that the A-10 is “the best close air support aircraft” and confirmed that the Army did not recommend that the Air Force retire the A-10.  He said, “our soldiers are very confident in the system.” …

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Considering Senator McCain was by all accounts in the habit of buzzing his bosses tower during his approach, it's not surprising that he understands the mindset of pilots and relationship they have with their aircraft. Rumor has it that he was as capital 'C' CRAZY as the A-10 guys. lol.

Good for you, Senators!


Alexander Scott Crawford