- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico congressmen have asked the President Barack Obama to advocate keeping the German Air Force presence in the United States at Holloman Air Force Base.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1L6C8Wq ) that U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce on Wednesday sent a letter highlighting the mutually beneficial arrangement the base currently has with Luftwaffe.

The Chief of Staff of the German Air Force has recommended consolidating its two operational Tornado wings in Germany and to not renew the contract with Holloman due to increasing budget constraints.

The letter was sent in advance of the president’s meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s meeting next week with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

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Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com

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