WASHINGTON, D.C., (WSFA) -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to urge the Department of Defense to quickly move forward with a plan to replace our aging tanker fleet.
"The Department of Defense has a responsibility to our men and women in uniform to replace the aging tanker fleet quickly," said Shelby. "We are a nation at war, sending our pilots into battle on planes that are largely older than they are. Now is the time to bring this needed capability to the warfighter. I encourage the Department of Defense to move past politics and acquire the best plane for our armed forces as quickly as possible."