Feb 21 2015

Fayetteville Observer

Local leaders, including Sen. Thom Tillis, hold out hope that the decision can be reversed.

The local Congressional delegation, including Tillis, said it believes the requirement on the Air Force to provide the report - included in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act - also delays the inactivation of the unit itself.

They are critical of the Air Force plans, calling them unsound strategically because they would take away the only Air Force planes permanently stationed at the home of the Army's airborne and special operations forces.

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