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         Washington, D.C. – In a continuing effort to help Wyoming military interests on a federal level, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, reached across party lines to Senator Ben Nelson, D-Neb., who has accepted Enzi’s request to be the caucus’ new co-chair.

         "This caucus ensures the commitment of its members to the United States Air Force. It brings leaders together to focus on the impact the Air Force has on states and the people in communities that support bases," said Enzi. "Senator Nelson brings a great deal of leadership to this caucus and I look forward to working with him to continue educating ourselves and our colleagues about the mission and projects of the U.S. Air Force."

          "I’m pleased to again be working with my friend Mike Enzi, this time to address the needs and advance the capability of our Air Force," said Nelson. "I look forward to the opportunity to further support our men and women who cross into the blue."

          Enzi created the Senate Air Force Caucus in 2000 to help gain intimate knowledge of Air Force concerns and to convey to his fellow senators issues of importance from a Wyoming perspective, especially focusing on F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.

          Enzi has recruited 47 fellow senators to join him on the caucus. He believes their membership will help to educate them about the importance of the Air Force and general military issues. The caucus sponsors briefings, base visits and meetings with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and other personnel throughout the year.