Air Force wants to deactivate Bragg-based unit
Posted March 4, 2014
Fort Bragg, N.C. — 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."