Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Senator Elizabeth Warren Visit Hanscom Air Force Base

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson during a short press conference at Hanscom Air Force Base on Thursday – Image (c) JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

By Julie McCay Turner

Senator Elizabeth Warren (l) and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson (r) arrived for their HAFB news conference, under the watchful eye of a press photographer and followed by a phalanx of staff and base personnel – Image (JMcCT, 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

During Heather Wilson’s confirmation hearing as Secretary of the Air Force, Senator Elizabeth Warren requested that she visit Massachusetts to fully appreciate the state’s research facilities and military installations. Senator Warren was on hand to introduce Secretary Wilson when she visited Hanscom Air Force Base on Thursday.

While the Senator and the Secretary may have differences of opinion, they agree on the importance of investment in research and development. Secretary Wilson noted that one of the largest military construction budget items benefits Lincoln Labs and Hanscom and that no base closures are presently under consideration.

Thursday’s short press conference touched on several larger questions, but the answer most relevant to Bedford acknowledged the area’s well-developed research environment and the quality of local schools as factors in keeping Hanscom Air Force Base active.

Senator Warren added, “Support for our public schools is support for our economy throughout the region.”

About Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson

A native of Keene, NH, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1982, and Jesus College, Oxford where she earned her D.Phil. in international relations as a Rhodes Scholar in 1985. Prior to her confirmation in May 2017, Wilson represented New Mexico’s 1st District in Congress and served as president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.


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