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Miss. Lawmakers Continue Battle to Maintain Personnel at Keesler Air Force Base

August 4, 2014

U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), along with Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), welcomed a decision this week to rescind personnel restrictions on the 815th Tactical Airlift Squadron and its C-130J “Flying Jennies” at Keesler Air Force Base.

The lawmakers were informed Monday that the Air Force withdrew a provision in its November 2013 deactivation notice that prohibited replacing personnel for the 815th Airlift Squadron.  Dropping that provision should allow the unit to at least maintain its current strength at Keesler as attempts are made to retain the squadron in South Mississippi.  The Air Force has most recently proposed moving the aircraft to a unit in Arkansas.

In a joint Congressional news release, Cochran, Wicker and Palazzo voiced their commitment to continue the battle to keep the 815th squadron and all personnel at Keesler.

C-130J of the 815th Airlift Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo by Major Heather Newcomb

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