Sen. Burr: Inclusion of Amendment to Defense Authorization that Maintains Fort Bragg’s Critical Pope Airfield Is Critical

WASHINGTON –Today, a select House-Senate Conference Committee released the final Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The conference committee included language from Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Sen. Burr that preserves the C-130H presence at Fort Bragg’s Pope Airfield in North Carolina pending analysis by the Army on the impact of shuttering the 440th on the readiness of airborne forces.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has relentlessly advocated for the maintenance of the airfield and its important role as the launch pad for the East Coast. The NDAA passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 71-15, with Burr’s vote.

“As Senate Intel Committee Chairman, I can tell you that the threats against Americans are growing in both sophistication and scope,” said Sen. Burr. “Now is not the time to scale down our military’s response capabilities but it seems that’s the direction the Air Force is choosing to go. The 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg is critical to our country’s combat readiness. I’m pleased that the conference included language that Sen. Tillis and I authored. I remain committed to keeping the 440th at Pope Army Airfield unless military commanders at the ground level advise the Senate otherwise.”