Sen. Thom Tillis has also recently lobbied on behalf of the unit to Department of Defense officials.
In response to the Air Force's report, he said his questions regarding the rationale behind the deactivation remain unanswered.
Tillis, who has placed a hold on all civilian Department of Defense and Air Force nominees, said he will continue to block those appointments as a result.
"Additionally, I will continue to push for language to be inserted into the  Department of Defense appropriations legislation that prevents the Air Force from relocating aircraft or personnel currently assigned to Pope Airfield," he said. "I will pursue all options available to help stop this strategically flawed plan from being fully implemented."
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