May 14 2015

Sen. Thom Tillis' amendment would require the 18th Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and U.S. Army Special Operations Command to certify that the loss of Fort Bragg's Air Force Reserve wing would not harm training at the nation's largest military installation before the 440th would be permitted to be deactivated.

Tillis' amendment prohibits the transfer of the 440th Airlift Wing's C-130H planes for 90 days following the eventual passage of the NDAA, allowing the commanders time to chime in on the potential closure.

During that time, the amendment also would require the Air Force to maintain the C-130s and keep the unit manned enough to support the wing's efforts on Fort Bragg.

… Tillis' amendment unanimously passed the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

His office said it was the latest in months-long efforts to save the 440th and comes as Tillis continues to wait for answers about the potential impact of shuttering the unit.

Tillis' office said the amendment ensures "combat leaders at Fort Bragg will have a final say on what they need to properly train their troops."

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