Supporters of the 440th Airlift Wing believe the Army and Air Force are nearing a compromise on the Fort Bragg unit, which was initially slated for inactivation nearly two years ago.
Following a four-day visit to Fort Bragg last week, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said he believed the Army has made clear what it needs from the Air Force to support airborne training missions.
Tillis said it's now up to the Air Force to respond. He said he won't accept anything that degrades training of Fort Bragg forces.
"When the leadership on Fort Bragg says they need to complete a training mission, there better be a plane on the ground," Tillis said.
Any compromise would be closely examined, he said.
"I'll be on it with a microscope," Tillis said.
During his visit, which included meetings with top Fort Bragg generals, Tillis said he was focused on ensuring decisions were made with the best national security interests in mind.
The Reserve wing owns the only C-130 aircraft permanently stationed at Fort Bragg, which is home to several quick reaction forces.
The North Carolina Republican has been critical of the Air Force decision to close the 440th Airlift Wing since taking office about a year ago, but he has acknowledged the Air Force is responding to fiscal constraints.
On several occasions, he has likened the decision to a supplier, the Air Force, trying to dictate the needs of a customer, the Army, instead of vice versa.
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