WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Sam Graves gave his public support Thursday for full funding of the Air Force’s C-130H modernization plan and for the construction of four new ‘J’ model transport planes.

“The aircraft is critical for the 139th Airlift Wing (based at St. Joseph's Rosecrans Memorial Airport) and its ability to support our military men and women across the globe," Graves said.

The Congressman, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, is working alongside the Chairmen of the House Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on defense to ensure the Air Force’s plan is funded for full completion.

“Late last year, the Air Force’s plan to modernize the C-130H was approved by Congress and signed into law by the President,” Graves said. “However, even though federal law requires this plan to be implemented, Congress has to make sure it receives the funding it needs to be successful."

Protecting the fleet is critical for the 139th Airlift Wing and solidifies Rosecrans as a vital player in the nation's defense, a central component of the Missouri National Guard and a driver in St. Joseph's economy.