- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s senators are decrying a decision that will leave Fort Bragg without any C-130s permanently based at the Army base.

U.S. Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr released a statement Friday expressing their disappointment after they say leaders of the Air Force and Army certified the deactivation of the 440th Airlift Wing.

The Fayetteville Observer (https://goo.gl/nt4WQ9 ) reports the change will take effect by the end of the year.

The newspaper reports that the military plans to use aircraft from elsewhere for training missions for Fort Bragg, which is home to the 82nd Airborne Division.

There are 550 remaining airmen currently in the 440th, a Reserve unit, and they’ll have to find new homes. The unit had the last Air Force planes based at Pope Field, which was previously called Pope Air Force Base.


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