A Springfield-based operation that provides critical aviation maintenance to National Guard installations across the Midwest today hosted U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s next stop on her statewide Security & Defense Tour. The 1107th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group and the Aviation Classification and Repair Depot facility is a regional facility that supports depot-level maintenance for National Guard helicopters from 14 states in the Midwest. “In the critical work to keep our country secure, we won’t get far without fully functioning aircraft—that’s how important the work here is,” said McCaskill, the daughter of a World War II veteran. “And the fact that it’s done here for pennies on the dollar means we’re saving taxpayer dollars while shoring up our national security efforts.” McCaskill has been a leader in the Senate in addressing the needs of National Guardsmen and women. While the Active Duty Army has a mental health provider-to-Soldier ratio of 1-to-333, the National Guard has a ratio of 1-to-2,000. To address this disparity in accessibility of care, McCaskill successfully attached an amendment in this year’s national defense bill authorizing an additional $9.5 million in resources to provide sufficient funding to ensure Guardsmen and women have access to adequate mental health treatment.