Warriors host Texas senator

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  • By Captain Jessica Gross
  • 301st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Senior leadership and 301st Fighter Wing Airmen welcomed the Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during the Air Force Reserve portion of his visit to NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas, by presenting him with information and updates regarding the 301st wing's upcoming transition to the F-35A Lightning II in 2024.

“We welcome these opportunities to visit with our elected leaders,” said Colonel Allen Duckworth, 301st Fighter Wing commander. “Not only was Senator Cruz interested to hear about what we do, he sought to understand our challenges and learn more about our Reserve Citizen Airmen.”

During Cruz’s visit, wing senior leadership was able to share these accomplishments and also recognized the following superior performers throughout the wing: Master Sergeant Jeremy Beachy (301 OG), Master Sergeant Brandon Clinton (301 MXG), Master Sergeant Renee MClain (301 MSG), and Staff Sergeant Austin Childs (301 MDS).

 “I appreciated Senator Cruz taking extra time to speak with and recognize several airmen, hearing their stories and asking questions,” said Duckworth. “Interacting with our members was clearly the highlight of his visit.”

Since Cruz’s last wing visit in 2017, the 301 FW has achieved a list of accomplishments which align with their mission--to train and deploy combat-ready Airmen. The wing has mobilized in support of COVID-19 treatment facilities in New York City, Operation Freedom Sentinel, Operation Inherent Resolve, and Operation Noble Eagle. The 301 FW  has also assisted in multiple humanitarian efforts, to include providing aid and supplies through the state of Texas in the 2021 winter vortex storm.

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