Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R., N.C.) said on Wednesday that the Air Force has failed to allay concerns about the deactivation of the 440th Airlift Wing, a vital support unit for training U.S. special operations and airborne forces.

The Air Force has signaled in recent months that it plans to phase out the 440th, which has shed about 200 airmen and reduced its flights in response to budget cuts. The Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit, flies the only C-130 planes that are permanently stationed at the Pope Airfield at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Critics of the Air Force’s move say it does not make strategic or financial sense to remove airmen from the base that serves some of the Army’s top airborne units, including the 82nd Airborne Division and special operations forces.

After meeting with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, Tillis said in a statement that “questions I have been asking for months regarding the Air Force’s short-sighted plans to deactivate the 440th Air Wing remain unanswered.”


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8 years ago

Obongo shut it down so we couldn’t win a war, he wants the nation to fall or surrender to his Marxist pals in Russia and China. Obongo is a traitor and the congress and senate just keeps fiddling with this islamic negro. one man and his islamic minions in his administration destroying and entire nation and bureaucracies all because his skin melanine is black. sometimes you just have to sit back and wonder what has happened to us a nation when black skin can make entire nation stop dead and be in fear of being called a racist. if they want to call me a racist who cares, I am proud to wear the label. you have nothing to fear but fear it self to coin an old cliche.