Timeline of Jon’s work securing a flying mission for MANG

DECEMBER 19, 2013
Tester supports Senate passage of the FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes $22
million for military construction at MANG. It was subsequently signed into law on December 26, 2013.

DECEMBER 12, 2013
Tester supports Senate passage of the FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, including a Tester provision
for $22 million for military construction at MANG. This legislation is subsequently signed into law on January
17, 2014.

OCTOBER 30, 2013
Tester meets with Lieutenant General Joseph Lengyel, Vice Chief of Air National Guard Bureau, to discuss the
mission conversion at MANG.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Tester meets with Deborah Jones, nominee for Air Force Secretary, to discuss the mission conversion at
MANG, implementation of the New START Treaty and the role of Malmstrom.

AUGUST 23, 2013
Tester sends a letter to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, urging it to fully credit the
importance of homeland security missions and ensure a balanced recapitalization of Air National Guard assets
to guarantee Guard capability and capacity for domestic response operations.

JUNE 18, 2013
Tester sends a letter to Chuck Hagel, Defense Secretary, to urge the Defense Department to provide assurances
that the mission conversion at MANG proceeds seamlessly and expeditiously, and that steps are taken to
mitigate job losses.

DECEMBER 21, 2012
Tester sends a letter to Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, seeking clarity on the costs of transferring F-15s
out of Montana, as well as the lifespan and mission of C-130 H-models.

DECEMBER 19, 2012
Tester speaks with Barbara Mikulski, Senate Appropriations Chair, regarding the mission conversion at MANG
and steps that could be taken to make the conversion seamless and mitigate job losses.

DECEMBER 6, 2012
Tester sends a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, requesting support
for a provision in the FY2013 Defense Authorization Act that would place a freeze of the transfer of Air Force
manpower and assets, including F-15s assigned to MANG, until the National Commission on the Structure of
the Air Force presents its findings to Congress.

DECEMBER 4, 2012
Tester supports Senate passage of the FY2013 Defense Authorization Act, which includes provisions to place a
freeze of the transfer of Air Force manpower and assets, including F-15s assigned to MANG, until the National
Commission on the Structure of the Air Force presents its findings to Congress.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
Tester supports passage of a continuing funding resolution that prevents the Air Force from retiring, divesting
or transferring any assets, including F-15s assigned to MANG, through the end of March 2013.

AUGUST 1, 2012
Tester meets with General Mark Welsh, Nominee for Air Force Chief, to advocate for ICBMs as the most
reliable and cost-effective component of our nation’s nuclear deterrent, and on behalf of a long-term flying
mission for MANG that preserves jobs.

JULY 26, 2012
Tester speaks with Lieutenant General Frank Grass, nominee for National Guard Bureau Chief, to reinforce his
strong support for MANG and the need for a long-term flying mission that preserves jobs.

JULY 18, 2012
Tester meets with Lieutenant General Harry Wyatt, Air National Guard Director, to reinforce his strong support
for MANG and the need for a long-term flying mission that preserves jobs.

JUNE 22, 2012
Tester meets with Central Montana Defense Alliance leadership in Great Falls to announce that the F-15s
assigned to MANG would be staying in Montana through at least the end of 2012.

JUNE 22, 2012
In a letter from Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, to the leadership of the Armed Services and Appropriations
Committees, the Defense Department announces that Air Force transfers of equipment and assets planned for
FY2012, including the F-15s assigned to MANG, will immediately be halted.

JUNE 7, 2012
Tester meets with Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Chairman, and urges him to support an
immediate halt to any Air Force transfers of equipment and assets planned for FY2012, including the F-15s
assigned to MANG.

JUNE 6, 2012
Tester meets with Daniel Inouye, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and urges him to support
an immediate halt to any Air Force transfers of equipment and assets planned for FY2012, including the F-15s
assigned to MANG.

JUNE 6, 2012
Tester speaks with Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, and requests that the Air Force immediately halt any
transfers of equipment and assets planned for FY2012, including the F-15s assigned to MANG, until assurances
are made that the mission conversion will be seamless and retain jobs.

MAY 29, 2012
Tester sends a letter to Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, requesting that the Air Force immediately halt any
planned transfers of F-15 aircraft or equipment from Great Falls to Fresno until assurances are made that the
mission conversion will be seamless and retain jobs.

MAY 24, 2012
The Senate Armed Services Committee passes its FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes
language advocated by Tester to freeze the transfer of Air Force manpower and assets, including F-15s assigned
to MANG, until the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force presents its findings to Congress.

MAY 18, 2012
The House of Representatives passed HR4310, the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which allows
for MANG’s F-15s to be transferred to California in 2012.

MAY 9, 2012
Tester sends a letter to Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, urging the Air Force to transfer C-130J aircraft from
Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to an Air National Guard unit in the United States, such as MANG.

APRIL 25, 2012
Tester meets with Dr. James Miller, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, to discuss the cost-effectiveness and
reliability of our ICBM fleet, and to advocate the need for a long-term flying mission at MANG that preserves
jobs.

MARCH 29, 2012
Tester meets with Lieutenant General Harry Wyatt, Air National Guard Director, to reinforce support for a
long-term flying mission at MANG that preserves jobs.

MARCH 28, 2012
At a hearing of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee, Tester secures a commitment from
Terry Yonkers, Air Force Assistant Secretary, and General William Etter, Air National Guard Deputy Director,
to address a potential mission gap by delivering eight C-130s to MANG by 2014.

MARCH 23, 2012
Tester sends a letter to Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, advocating for a C-130 mission that could play a
critical role in helping Montana address our region’s disaster response needs.

MARCH 21, 2012
Tester speaks with Elizabeth King, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, and reinforces his
support for a C-130 mission coming to MANG that preserves as many jobs as possible.

MARCH 21, 2012
Tester speaks with representatives from the Central Montana Defense Alliance and updates them on
developments regarding MANG and Malmstrom.

MARCH 15, 2012
Tester sends a letter to Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, supporting the Air Force’s decision to send a C-130
mission to MANG.

MARCH 7, 2012
Tester sends a letter to Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, requesting that the Air Force take steps to
minimize any potential job losses resulting from MANG’s mission conversion from F-15s to C-130s.

FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Tester sends a letter to Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, urging him to look at closing overseas military bases
before making any reductions or closures of military installations in the United States, such as MANG or
Malmstrom.

FEBRUARY 3, 2012
Along with community leaders in Great Falls, Tester announces that MANG will be converting to a cargo
mission with C-130 H-models. The Air Force announces this decision in its FY2013 budget proposal.

JANUARY 26, 2012
Tester speaks with Lieutenant General Harry Wyatt, Air National Guard Director, and advocates on behalf of a
long-term manned flying mission for MANG.

NOVEMBER 15-16, 2011
Tester hosts the Central Montana Defense Alliance for meetings with Air Force leadership to discuss the future
of Malmstrom and MANG.

OCTOBER 27, 2011
Tester secures an assurance from the Air Force not to transfer F-15s from Great Falls to California until the
appropriate environmental reviews are completed in Fresno.

JULY 27, 2011
Tester meets with Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, advocating on behalf of ICBMs as the most reliable and
cost-effective component of our nation’s nuclear deterrent, and stressing that, in the event of F-15s being
transferred from MANG to California, any replacement mission would have to be a long-term manned flying
mission that preserves jobs.

JULY 14, 2011
Tester introduces legislation, an amendment to the FY2012 National defense Authorization Act, blocking the
Air Force from transferring F-15s from MANG to California until the appropriate environmental reviews are
completed in Fresno.

JUNE 28, 2011
Tester sends a letter to General Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff, and General Craig McKinley, Chief
of the National Guard Bureau, to express concern that a proposed C-27 mission for MANG would be
inadequate to maintain critical defense and homeland security capabilities.

MAY 24, 2011
Tester hosts the Central Montana Defense Alliance for meetings with Air Force leadership to discuss the future
of Malmstrom and MANG.

MARCH 16, 2011
Tester sends a letter to Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, advocating for MANG to receive a supplemental
Target Production Group intelligence mission.

FEBRUARY 4, 2011
Tester meets with Erin Conaton, Air Force Undersecretary, to advocate for a long-term manned flying mission
at MANG that preserves jobs.

FEBRUARY 4, 2011
Tester is appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Construction, which
determines funding for military construction projects around the country and overseas.

NOVEMBER 30, 2010
Tester hosts the Central Montana Defense Alliance for meetings with Air Force leadership to discuss the future
of Malmstrom and MANG.

NOVEMBER 29, 2010
Tester sends a letter to Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, advocating for a long-term manned flying mission
at MANG that preserves jobs.

OCTOBER 8, 2010
Tester meets with MANG leadership in Great Falls to discuss future mission opportunities.

APRIL 27, 2010
Tester sends a letter to Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, expressing opposition to the proposed transfer of
F-15s from Great Falls to Fresno until assurances are made about a long-term replacement mission that
preserves jobs.

APRIL 15, 2010
Tester meets with Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, expressing opposition to the proposed transfer of F-15s
from Great Falls to Fresno until assurances are made about a long-term replacement mission that preserves jobs.

MARCH 10, 2010
Tester meets with Erin Conaton, nominee for Air Force Undersecretary, to express opposition to the proposed
transfer of F-15s from Great Falls to Fresno until assurances are made about a long-term replacement mission
that preserves jobs.

FEBRUARY 24, 2010
Tester meets with Erin Conaton, nominee for Air Force Undersecretary, expressing opposition to the proposed
transfer of F-15s from Great Falls to Fresno until assurances are made about a long-term replacement mission
that preserves jobs.

FEBRUARY 11, 2010
Tester meets with General Craig McKinley, National Guard Bureau Chief, expressing opposition to the
proposed transfer of F-15s from Great Falls to Fresno until assurances are made about a long-term replacement
mission that preserves jobs.

OCTOBER 23, 2009
Tester sends a letter to the leadership of the Air Force and Air National Guard to encourage consideration of
additional future missions for MANG.

FEBRUARY 26, 2009
Tester hosts the Central Montana Defense Alliance for meetings with Air Force leadership to discuss the future
of Malmstrom and MANG.

OCTOBER 16, 2008
Tester speaks with Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, to express opposition to proposals to transfer F-15s
from MANG, and secures a commitment to retain the F-15 mission at MANG for at least an additional two
years.

AUGUST 22, 2008
Tester hosts Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, on a tour of Malmstrom and MANG.

AUGUST 6, 2008
Tester receives an assurance from Michael Donley, Air Force Secretary, that the Air Force would not reduce the
F-15 inventory at MANG in 2010 or immediately thereafter.

JULY 31, 2008
Tester meets with Michael Donley, nominee to be Air Force Secretary, to express opposition to proposals to
transfer F-15s from MANG.

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