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NC congressional delegation lobbies for Bragg air unit

Posted March 12

Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg

— Four members of North Carolina's congressional delegation have sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey to urge them to keep an Air Force unit at Fort Bragg's Pope Air Field.

Republican Reps. Renee Ellmers and Richard Hudson and Democratic Reps. David Price and Mike McIntyre asked Hagel and Dempsey to answer a series of questions to gauge the impact of deactivating the 440th Airlift Wing, which provides airlift, airdrop and medical operations and supports training and operational requirements of Air Force, Army and Joint Operations forces.

The Air Force has proposed in a draft budget cutting the 440th and moving its dozen C130 cargo planes to other installations. The move would eliminate about 1,100 full- and part-time jobs at Fort Bragg.

"We fear that not having planes ready onsite will lower the quality of training while ultimately costing taxpayers more money and valuable resources," the U.S. House members wrote in the letter. "There is no question that we face difficult fiscal challenges, but as we make budget decisions regarding national security, we simply cannot afford to cut the quality and frequency of training for those units we rely on most."

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also has said she plans to oppose efforts to deactivate the 440th.

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  • josephlawrence43 Mar 17, 9:35 a.m.

    The 130's are there to be primary support for the 82nd Airborne: Take away the 130's they'll have to change the name of the 82nd--from 82nd Airborne to 82nd Greyhoud Bus Division.

  • COLT45 Mar 13, 11:38 a.m.

    Crewed C-130's from 73 to 78. No better turbo-prop flying. They have proven to be the best at what they do. Leave them at Pope.

  • Sally1023 Mar 13, 11:33 a.m.

    Just got to love it...Burr votes against vet. benefits last week and then we have house members begging for more military facilities so more vets will move to NC and one of their senators will vote against benefits for them and the state republicans will reduce their food stamps and unemployment. This is not a sate for vets to move or retire in despite all the propaganda spewed by politician. Actions are much loader than words!!!

  • Hip-Shot Mar 13, 9:36 a.m.

    "Not having any joint op C-130's to deploy them to where they are needed makes perfect sense huh?"

    Unless either Bragg itself was going to close or rapid deployment was no longer needed.

  • OneNationUnderGod Mar 13, 8:17 a.m.

    Wow Chuck...Bragg is the home of the special forces. Not having any joint op C-130's to deploy them to where they are needed makes perfect sense huh?

  • oleguy Mar 13, 6:07 a.m.

    Not to mention the money the state has spent changing the road signs from pope to AAF,, I will miss these big planes flying over my house, I have watched them for over 65 Years, Was always amazed how something that big could fly so low and so slow