Before your very own eyes, you’re looking at the tearing down and absolute decimation of the United States military. Key and critical military personnel are being purged on a weekly basis while the nuclear deterrent is faulty and being reduced. The country is suicidally letting down its homeland defenses and leaving itself open for attack.
Sen. Tillis: ‘It essentially takes the ‘air’ out of ‘airborne’’
The Air Force confirmed this week that it is shuttering a vital airlift wing at Fort Bragg, N.C., that trains the Army’s airborne and special operations forces, prompting outrage from the state’s lawmakers.
The Air Force finally submitted on Tuesday its “Report on C-130 Force Structure” to Congress after its release had been delayed since January. Units such as the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg’s Pope Army Airfield fly the C-130s to prepare airborne forces for emergency operations overseas.
The report affirmed that the Air Force would close the 440th, which it said would save $116 million during a time of severe budget constraints for the military. Lawmakers raised concerns last year when the Air Force began transferring airmen from the reserve unit before providing the report to Congress.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R., N.C.), one of the sharpest critics of the Air Force’s plan to deactivate the 440th, said he would ratchet up the pressure on service leaders to change course. He has placed a hold on all civilian Department of Defense and Air Force appointments and pushed for language in next year’s defense appropriations bill that would prevent the transfer of personnel or aircraft from Pope.
“The report that was finally released to Congress after months of delay confirms that it has always been the Air Force’s intention to shutter the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg, a short-sighted decision that would negatively impact America’s rapid reaction and Special Forces during national emergencies,” he said in a statement.
Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) also called the report “a complete disappointment” and said eliminating the 440th is a “terrible strategic decision.” Congress has 60 days to review the report and propose alterations.
Full article: Air Force Confirms Shuttering of Vital Airlift Wing (Washington Free Beacon)