Valdosta Daily Times

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April 25, 2014

Rep. Kingston discusses Moody Air Force Base

VALDOSTA — Rep. Jack Kingston discussed Moody Air Force Thursday morning during a campaign visit to Downtown Valdosta.

 Prior to the meet-and-greet, The Times asked Kingston about Moody’s A-10 mission and other issues related to the base.

“We want to make sure that Moody stays vibrant with lots of missions. Search and rescue, security, fueling, and of course, the A-10 mission,” Kingston said. “I've been pushing back on the Air Force’s plan to discontinue the A-10s, and we argued the case that there is nothing that can replace A-10s for low altitude, close range, and that the people that are the biggest advocates for the A-10s are really the Marines and the Army. So we’re very reluctant to go along with the Air Force’s recommendation on that.”

Kingston discussed what he hoped to accomplish still as a representative.

“We’re going to continue to be involved in this A-10 issue. We’re going to continue to make sure that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines have good medical, good training, and good equipment, whether they’re active duty, Guard or a retiree,” Kingston said.

“We want to make sure that agriculture is strong. Agriculture in Georgia is a $76 billion industry. I’ve chaired the committee, been very involved in it. Forestry is extremely important in this part of Georgia. We’ve been involved with forestry issues, with pushing back on some of the (Environmental Protection Agency) over-reaches.”

Kingston is a Republican candidate seeking the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Kingston was also celebrating his 59th birthday Thursday during his Valdosta visit.

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