May 17 2015

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved N.C. Sen. Thom Tillis' amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that requires Fort Bragg commanders to approve the closure of the 440th before it can happen. Tillis' measure says the 18th Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army Special Operations Command all must certify that the loss of the Air Force Reserve wing won't harm their training mission…

…We're hoping that the Ellmers and Tillis amendments stay in place throughout the defense budget's journey to approval. Those global threats are a big deal at Fort Bragg, home of the nation's military first responders. Training here can't be anything less than the best, and the 440th is an integral part of that effort.

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