Hagan says Air Force budget proposal would cut 1,100 Fort Bragg jobs

From staff reportsMarch 4, 2014 

— Sen. Kay Hagan is protesting a military proposal to deactivate a Fort Bragg-based Air Force unit, according to her office.

The Air Force’s most recent budget proposal would “inactivate” the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Field, a Hagan spokesman wrote in an email. Pope Field is an Air Mobility Command facility at Fort Bragg.

The proposed change would cut more than 1,100 part- and full-time jobs from Pope Field, according to Hagan’s office. The affected group is charged with maintaining “operational readiness” for airlifts, according to its website.

"Inactivating the Air Force's 440th Airlift Wing from Pope Army Airfield is unacceptable. The 440th provides critical support to the 82nd Airborne Division and other major units at Fort Bragg. Without them, there would be no Air Force planes stationed at Ft. Bragg,” Hagan said in the emailed statement. “I intend to fight to see this decision reversed.”

The military didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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