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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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Feb 2, 2017 Press Release

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).

 

Jan 27, 2017 Press Release

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) round,

Feb 4, 2016 Press Release

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. 

Oct 29, 2015 Press Release

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. 

Feb 24, 2015 Press Release

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.

Jul 23, 2014 Press Release

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. 

Mar 14, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) spoke on the House Floor about the national security and economic importance of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to the Western New York region, in addition to expressing his support for the proposal to construct a new Customs and Border Protection border patrol station on the base. 

Nov 26, 2013 Press Release
Members of Western New York’s Congressional delegation are pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish missions at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS).