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California National Guard Lauds Representative Anna Eshoo's Leadership

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Col Steven J. Butow, commander of the Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing near San Jose, Calif., released the following statement today in support of Rep. Anna Eshoo's recent effort to protect the future viability of Moffett Federal Airfield:

"On behalf of the more than 900 California Air Guardsmen who selflessly serve the Silicon Valley community, as well as their state and nation, words fail to convey our appreciation for Congresswoman Eshoo's steadfast leadership in preventing NASA Headquarters from excessing Moffett Federal Airfield after signing a 50-year lease with the 129th Rescue Wing."

Rep. Eshoo' s office today issued a statement outlining the General Services Administration's (GSA) plan for NASA's Hangar One and Moffett Federal Airfield. According to GSA's plan, Moffett Federal Airfield will remain a restricted federal airfield, and will continue to serve as home to the 129th Rescue Wing.

"This (GSA) notice of intent embodies my consistent goals over several years to save Hangar One and to keep Moffett Federal Airfield as a local and Bay Area public safety and national security asset, and home to the 129th Rescue Wing," Rep. Eshoo said.

"Now that the uncertainty of this threat is behind us, our airmen will be able to remain ready, capable and relevant as members of our community," added Col Butow. "The 129th Rescue Wing has a distinguished history with nearly a 1,000 lives saved to its credit. Our intent is to continue this proud tradition as citizen-airmen, capable of responding day or night, during war or peace, so that others may live."

For more information on Rep. Eshoo's efforts regarding Moffett Federal Airfield, view her statement on her website at http://tinyurl.com/b6hcu96. To learn more about the 129th Rescue Wing's role in serving the region and state, please contact 2d Lt Roderick Bersamina, public affairs officer, at (650) 603-9152 or roderick.bersamina@ang.af.mil.