Seeing the Neptune tanker fly over the stadium at the Griz/Cat game was another example of the support that Neptune Aviation has provided to the University of Montana and Missoula. Marta Amelia Timmons, chairwoman of the board, and Chief Executive Officer Ron Hooper have established their firefighting air tanker program as one of the best in the nation.
Yet in the Missoulian article on Nov. 23, the U.S. Forest Service still seems unable to make a decision on who will get the new service contracts or exactly what is expected of the venders. Many of you should remember the Forest Service did the same thing just a few years ago.
Neptune has provided employment for members of the Missoula community and has invested vast amounts of money to develop a fleet of next-generation tankers to combat the forest and wildland fires that confront a large part of the United States.
I would like our congressional delegation to advise the Forest Service to stop messing around and make a decision soon. Neptune Aviation has been a great team player to all of us and we need to show our support to them. Contact your elected members of Congress and voice your concerns.