Feb 24 2015

Air Force Times

In a Friday letter to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., wrote that the deactivation "creates unreasonable risks to the readiness of these critical airborne units, many of which must be prepared to respond to a range of contingencies on short notice."

Tillis also questioned whether the Air Force has the legal right to deactivate the wing before reporting to Congress on the future of the C-130 force structure, which will determine which missions and aircraft can be moved to the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.

Tillis wrote that Congress is supposed to have 60 days to respond to an Air Force report on the force structure. That report, though due in January, has not been delivered to lawmakers.

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