Burr Effort to Save 440th Airlift Wing from Closure Passes Senate

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after an amendment that would keep open the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg passed the Senate. The amendment was added to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 and was cosponsored by Senators Burr and Tillis.

“I am tremendously pleased that Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg will remain the premier training ground for our nation’s combat ready paratroopers. They are the tip of the spear for our intelligence and special operations communities, said Senator Burr. “Adding this amendment to the final Defense authorization bill ensures modernized aircraft will not be disposed of, but will instead fulfill their military purpose by directly contributing to the training and readiness of our airborne and special operations troops.”