Important Airlift Wing in NC Remaining Open through 2016 as a Result of Burr Legislation

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Air Force confirmed that the 440th Airlift Wing will remain active through 2016 as a result of the amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act offered by Senators Burr and Tillis and Congresswoman Ellmers:

“While not the end of this fight, the Air Force’s announcement that the airlift wing will be kept open through 2016 is good for North Carolina and the country. This announcement means that there is more time to fight for the 440th, the premier training support for our nation’s combat-ready paratroopers,” said Burr. “The soldiers at the 440th are the very tip of the spear for our global response forces and special operations communities. If we lose the C-130s at Pope, we seriously jeopardize their readiness and our nation’s strategic capabilities. For that reason, we must see-through our commitment to keep the C-130 presence at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg Pope Airfield.”