Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) is as critical to Western New York’s economy as it is to our nation’s security. The base plays a vital role in our nation’s military readiness and response capability, and provides security along our northern border. It is also Niagara County’s largest employer with over 2,600 employees, and has a total annual economic impact of more than $200 million. Brian is committed to working with our partners in the local community and the New York Congressional delegation to protect and strengthen NFARS. Brian successfully advocated to locate a C-130 simulator at the base – the only in the Northeast – and has been an integral partner in supporting the proposed construction of a new Customs and Border Protection border patrol station at the base.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the news that the Administration is extending federal orders assigning National Guard members to COVID-19 response through mid-August. The President had previously indicated plans to end the current order when it expires on June 24, leaving National Guard members serving on the frontlines of the pandemic response ineligible for federal benefits.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is part of bipartisan group of U.S. House of Representatives members and Senators fighting to see that National Guard members receive the benefits they deserve.
Today the Trump Administration announced that the Pentagon will divert $3.6 billion in military construction projects to pay for the border wall. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), has learned that the $14 million training and fitness center at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) is not on the list of cuts at this time.
This week the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) issued a document identifying hundreds of military construction projects subject to cancellation to free up resources to help pay for the President’s wall. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is continuing to object to the Emergency Declaration, which will pull billions of dollars from projects supporting our military, including potentially a $14 million training and fitness center at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
Members Collectively Fought for Additional Federal Funds to Upgrade Facility and Bring KC-135 Mission to Niagara Falls, NY; Mission will Make NFARS Even More Valuable and Viable
Buffalo, N.Y. – Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins applauded the arrival of KC-135s at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS).
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Chris Collins (NY-26) announced plans to work jointly to defend the future of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS). This comes as select members on both sides of the aisle in both the House of Representatives and Senate have expressed interest in beginning a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) roun
U.S. Representatives Chris Collins (NY-27) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) today released the following comments after receiving news that eight KC-135 refueling tankers will be arriving at Niagara Air Falls Reserve Station to replace the base’s aging fleet of cargo planes. The news will be made official in the President’s budget which will be released on February 9, 2016.
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27) and Louise Slaughter (NY-25) are urging the United States Air Force to consider the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) as a new base for operation of the KC-135 mission.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins urged the Air Force to choose Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) as a host station for the third main operating base (MOB 3) for the new KC-46A Pegasus tankers. The new tankers are used to refuel aircrafts and are vital to Air Force operations.
On the same day that he met with the Niagara Military Affairs Council in his Washington, D.C. office, Congressman Brian Higgins spoke from the House Floor to issue his continued support for preserving the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station’s place in Western New York.
Higgins cited the upcoming construction of a new C-130 flight simulator and the proposed construction of a new Customs & Border Protection border patrol station among innovative strategies to invest in the base and expand its mission for long-term sustainability.