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931 ARW commander visits Capitol Hill

(Left to right ) Col. Mark S. Larson, 931st Air Refueling Wing commander, speaks with Congressman Mike Pompeo, one of four Kansas State legislatures he met as part of the Capitol Hill Visit Program, May 23, 2016, Washtington, D.C.  Discussions with the legislatures included news of McConnell's continuing construction of several KC-46A maintenance facilities, pilot retention and how the KC-46A Pegasus will affect the 931st in terms of manning and infrastructure.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

(Left to right ) Col. Mark S. Larson, 931st Air Refueling Wing commander, speaks with Congressman Mike Pompeo, one of four Kansas State legislatures he met as part of the Capitol Hill Visit Program, May 23, 2016, Washtington, D.C. Discussions with the legislatures included news of McConnell's continuing construction of several KC-46A maintenance facilities, pilot retention and how the KC-46A Pegasus will affect the 931st in terms of manning and infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

(Left to right) Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein, 931st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs NCOIC, Col. Mark S. Larson, 931 ARG commander, and Congressman Kevin Yoder, pose for a photo, May 24, 2016, Washington, D.C.  Larson participated in the Commander's Capitol Hill Visit Program, where commanders of Air Force units visit with congressional members to discuss issues that affect Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Paul Delano)

(Left to right) Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein, 931st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs NCOIC, Col. Mark S. Larson, 931 ARG commander, and Congressman Kevin Yoder, pose for a photo, May 24, 2016, Washington, D.C. Larson participated in the Commander's Capitol Hill Visit Program, where commanders of Air Force units visit with congressional members to discuss issues that affect Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Paul Delano)

(Left to right)  Col. Mark S. Larson, 931st Air Refueling Group commander, Maj.Gina M. Pizziconi-Cupples, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Director, Policy Integration, and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, speak during a visit as part of the Capitol Hill Visit Program, May 24, 2016, Washington, D.C.  Larson participated in the Commander's CHV, a program through which commanders of Air Force units visit with congressional members to discuss issues that affect Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Paul Delano)

(Left to right) Col. Mark S. Larson, 931st Air Refueling Group commander, Maj.Gina M. Pizziconi-Cupples, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Director, Policy Integration, and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, speak during a visit as part of the Capitol Hill Visit Program, May 24, 2016, Washington, D.C. Larson participated in the Commander's CHV, a program through which commanders of Air Force units visit with congressional members to discuss issues that affect Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Paul Delano)

(Left to right) Col. Mark S. Larson, 931st Air Refueling Wing commander, speaks with Sen. Jerry Moran, as part of the Capitol Hill Visit Program, May 24, 2016, Washington, D.C.  The CHV is a program through which commanders of the Air Force units visit with congressional members to discuss issues that affect Airmen.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

(Left to right) Col. Mark S. Larson, 931st Air Refueling Wing commander, speaks with Sen. Jerry Moran, as part of the Capitol Hill Visit Program, May 24, 2016, Washington, D.C. The CHV is a program through which commanders of the Air Force units visit with congressional members to discuss issues that affect Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Col. Mark S. Larson, commander of the Air Force Reserve recently re-designated 931st Air Refueling Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., conducted visits with four Kansas Congressman on May 24, 2016. Larson was participating in the Commander's Capitol Hill Visit Program, a program through which commanders of Air Force units visit with congressional members to discuss issues affecting Airmen as well as their units.

Discussions with the Kansas State Legislatures included news of McConnell's continuing construction of several KC-46A maintenance facilities, pilot retention and how the KC-46A Pegasus will affect the 931st in terms of manning and infrastructure.

Larson also discussed budget issues and the challenges Reservists face regarding budgets and the unit's frequent deployments. To date, more than 150 Airmen from the 931 ARG have been deployed in 2015.

While visiting with each congressional member, Larson took the time to thank each of them for their support, and reinstated how they have been instrumental in increasing the unit's presence.

"These visits with our congressional members provided a dialogue to praise our Citizen Airmen's efforts, especially as we continue to grow from a group to a wing," said Larson. "I look forward to continuing to work with our legislators to keep them informed about the growth and progress as the 931st Air Refueling Wing."