Protect Military Jet Program, Says Retired Colonel

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As the former state Adjutant General's special executive assistant/advisor and Chief of Staff of the New Jersey Air National Guard, I remain keenly in tune to the initiatives that will ensure the safety and effectiveness of our armed forces.

This is not only shaped by my own experience, but that of my colleagues and family—my brother is a former Adjutant General of the Kansas National Guard and my father one of the most decorated officers in the history of the institution.  

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter holds tremendous strategic value to our armed forces and allied partners. Our current fleet of fighters is aging out of its intended lifespan and must be replaced.   The F-35 provides the most sophisticated technology and the most cost effective option to replace the current fleet, including F-16’s currently being utilized by the mission at the 177th ANG Fighter Wing in Egg Harbor Township.

Also consider the economic impact of this program in the State of New Jersey – at $114 million annually and nearly 1,000 direct and indirect jobs. Supporting the F-35 program will ensure that we remain well-equipped to conquer any challenge ahead.


It is important for the public to know what's at stake; any compromise to this program puts our nation at risk.


Col. Al Bunting
Air National Guard (Ret.)
Hamilton, NJ

clyde donovan January 10, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Don't let Obama weaken America more than he already has. Support the replacement of the F-16s with F-35s. Copy this letter and send it to your incompetent Congressperson.
Sick of the trolls January 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Yes, that's a great idea. Let your Congressperson know that some internet troll calling himself "clyde donovan" thinks he's incompetent so they can get the NSA tracking him and have him put into a cell down in Guantanamo Bay because Obama signed the NDAA which allows for indefinite detention of American citizens and the guys in the black helicopters are already on their way and Agenda 21 and the football fields and Whole Foods are all part of the socialist conspiracy against real Americans. That's you "clyde." That's what you sound like.
clyde donovan January 13, 2013 at 06:06 PM
"Sick of trolls" should seek some anger management counseling. People with anger problems have heart attacks and get cancer more frequently than than normal people.
Sick of the trolls January 14, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Oh, "clyde," this IS how I manage my anger. Now if I just didn't have people like you around to make me angry, life would be so much better. So if you're so worried about my health, please, by all means, post somewhere else.


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