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April 17, 2015

Webmaster Comments: Senator Cochran’s position as the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee had a lot to do with this inactivation plan reversal.  The late Senator Inouye was the Chair of the Senate Appropriation Committee at the time of his passing.  It is the most powerful chairmanship in the Senate.

403rd Wing surge through the skies

The Air Force informed Congress on Tuesday that it has abandoned plans to inactivate Air Force Reserve Command’s 815th Airlift Squadron at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, announced members of the state’s congressional delegation. As a result, the unit’s 10 C-130J transports will continue to operate from the southern Mississippi base, they said.

“Today’s announcement is a major win for the future stability of Keesler Air Force Base as well as the many communities and businesses that depend on it,” said Senator Roger Wicker (R), in the joint release with Senator Thad Cochran (R) and Representative Steven Palazzo (R). Wicker said he was grateful to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh “for recognizing the value that Keesler provides to the Air Force and the Gulf Coast.”

Cochran, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee and its defense panel, said he looked forward to working with the Air Force to ensure the squadron’s manpower and mission “are fully restored.”

The Air Force in February 2012 proposed relocating Keesler’s C-130Js, a move the lawmakers opposed. In April 2014, the Air Force inactivated the 345th AS, the Active Duty associate unit that provided additional manpower for the C-130Js.

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