Sherrod Brown makes pitch for more planes at 179th

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Sherrod Brown makes pitch for more planes at 179th

Bucyrus Telegraph Forum – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined other senators in signing a letter this week to the Air Force urging the placement of additional C-27J aircraft for the 179th Airlift Wing based at Mansfield Air National Guard Base.

Under the proposal, the Mansfield ANGB — along with eight other bases around the country — will house four operational C-27J aircraft. However, Brown is concerned that in a time of war, four aircraft will not be sufficient for home station training and homeland security functions. He requested the Air Force develop an alternative plan that would deliver additional aircraft to each base.

“With our nation still engaged in two wars, now is not the time to skimp on C-27J aircraft housed at Mansfield ANGB or at any other base across the country,” Brown said. “The 179th Airlift Wing continues to play a vital role in our country’s national security, and these brave men and women must have the equipment and resources necessary to do their job and protect our nation.”

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