Congressman Garamendi Meets with Beale Air Force Base’s 13th Reconnaissance Squadron and 940th Wing Commanders
OLIVEHURST, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, held a breakfast meeting with airmen from the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron, a reserve unit belonging to the 940th Wing at Beale Air Force Base. During the breakfast, 940th Wing Commander Col. Kevin Cavanagh and 940th Operations Group Commander Col. Joe Battaglia discussed the status of the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron and the future of the base with Congressman Garamendi.
At the breakfast meeting, the reservists talked about their experiences at Beale and their desire to continue serving our nation there. The Congressman reiterated the importance of their mission and his commitment in securing the best assets and infrastructure for the base. In particular, he recognized the critical role of the Reserve in protecting our nation during times of crisis, providing a surge capacity at a comparatively lower cost to their active duty counterparts.
“Through three wars over the last decade and years of budget uncertainty, Beale airmen – both active duty and reservists – have displayed remarkable professionalism and bravery. I offer my highest gratitude for your service,” said Congressman Garamendi. “My staff and I are fully committed to ensuring that the men and women at Beale have the tools they need to perform the critical defense mission of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.”
Last year, the Air Force issued plans to deactivate the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron, an associate Reserve unit responsible for the operation of the Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft. During questioning by Congressman Garamendi during a March 2013 hearing, the Air Force admitted that this was an oversight and that the Department of Defense is prohibited from cancelling the Global Hawk program without explicit Congressional authorization.