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Air Force wants to deactivate Bragg-based unit

Posted March 4

— The Air Force plans to deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg's Pope Army Airfield in its next budget, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Tuesday.

If approved, the move would cost Fort Bragg more than 1,100 full- and part-time jobs, Hagan said.

The 440th Airlift Wing provides airlift, airdrop and medical operations and supports training and operational requirements of Air Force, Army and Joint Operations forces.

"Inactivating the Air Force's 440th Airlift Wing from Pope Army Airfield is unacceptable," Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. "The 440th provides critical support to the 82nd Airborne Division and other major units at Fort Bragg. Without them, there would be no Air Force planes stationed at Fort Bragg. I strongly disagree with this decision, which will adversely affect the readiness of troops at Fort Bragg."

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  • Backpacker Mar 5, 4:23 p.m.

    [bInvest the money into education and our youth might have more opportunities than becoming... View More

    — Posted by btneast

    Let’s cut to the chase. I’m very well versed in what’s derived from oil and its importance to the country. I am also very well versed in the capabilities of our military services. We have by far more capabilities than any other country in the world and with our domestic issues going in the tank I’m at least smart enough to realize that it’s not sustainable to continue building this current overkill status. We currently have the most sophisticated weapons systems and no longer need to have as large a standing army as we did in the 1930’s.

  • btneast Mar 5, 2:55 p.m.

    [bInvest the money into education and our youth might have more opportunities than becoming cannon fodder saddled with protecting the oil interests of our top 1%.][/b]

    sigh.....you realize that oil is of interest tom 100% of Americans? Oil is so much more than gas for evil SUV's. Petroleum makes up many of our everyday products like plastic, vinyl, foam rubber and many other synthetic products. Its much more than Exxon and BP. Imagine the impact that would make on manufacturing in general if oil becomes hard to get and subsequently way more expensive. Oil fuels the transportation network that keeps manufacturing running. Keeping major oil producing areas from falling into the wrong hands IS a national issue that will affect all of us. You are hopelessly naïve if you think its only going to affect a handful of oil executives. I would love to see an alternative to oil, but until that time arrives, we HAVE to do what we are doing.

  • Backpacker Mar 5, 1:28 p.m.

    The sounds of Ft. Bragg , Pope and other bases are the sounds of Freedom to me. I guess some... View More

    — Posted by wasone

    Yeah that all sounds good on paper and might make for a good country song folks can sing when they've had a few too many but meanwhile we have children going hungry and schools can no longer keep up with the amount of students they have. Invest the money into education and our youth might have more opportunities than becoming cannon fodder saddled with protecting the oil interests of our top 1%.

  • Moist Mar 5, 11:09 a.m.

    Good itll all be drones soon anyway. Need to stop with this ridiculous military spending and put some money into education so we dont have the dumbest kids in the world

  • itsnotmeiswear Mar 5, 11:05 a.m.

    Another case of "not in my back yard". If the military wants the base de-activated, that should be the end of the story. There are plenty of other resources to deal with the logistical needs of the 82nd. It seems like we always think the military should be making decisions about their forces except when they AREN'T asking for more money.

  • recontwice Mar 5, 10:28 a.m.

    I am far more worried about politicians using military spending helping a community to prop up... View More

    — Posted by SaveEnergyMan

    Congress being consisted of 99% of people who heve never worn the uniform and have no concern for tactical actions or base closings!There main priority is dont close the base in my state!!

  • wasone Mar 5, 9:43 a.m.

    The sounds of Ft. Bragg , Pope and other bases are the sounds of Freedom to me. I guess some think it is a waste of money.

  • SaveEnergyMan Mar 5, 9:39 a.m.

    I am far more worried about politicians using military spending helping a community to prop up their campaigns. Let the military decide what's best for the military, Congress has NO business making these day to day decisions, but rather should endorse what the generals believe is best

  • Viewer Mar 5, 9:20 a.m.

    Airplanes can be based anywhere and fly in when needed at Bragg.

  • wasone Mar 5, 8:58 a.m.

    If you don't have an army, then you don't need the aircraft. Then we could sell those military bases to China or Russia.

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