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Schumer presses Air Force nominee for simulator training at Niagara base

WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is taking his fight for a new simulator at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station all the way to the top of the Air Force. The New York Democrat met Tuesday with former Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico, President Trump's nominee to serve as Air Force secretary, and told her about the local base and its importance to the nation's defense.

He told her that the Niagara Falls base – which has a new but empty simulator building waiting to be filled – would be an ideal place to train pilots who fly refueling tankers.

"My message to Ms. Wilson yesterday was very clear: Commit to bringing a new KC-135 flight simulator to NFARS," Schumer said Wednesday. "The base stands ready to house this new simulator which will be used to train new pilots, and it will protect the base's long-term viability. It is my sincere hope that she will decide to bring this critical training tool to Western New York.”

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