U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta directed military officials last month to halt all aircraft retirements until Congress deliberates on the measure. The move suspended the upcoming closure of Moon Township's 911th Airlift Wing for at least one year. Rea
Air Force officials announced plans earlier this year to close the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township after suspending the base's eight C-130 tactical aircraft, which are among the oldest flying in the military. More than 1,100 military and 200 civilian jobs were slated to be eliminated with the closure. In June, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the suspension of all planned aircraft retirements, pending Congressional deliberation on the matter. The move delays the closure of the 911th for one year. For more on the story, click here.
Officials said they hope the legislation will keep the base open.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-18, introduced legislation today to block the Air Force from relocating C-130 aircraft at the 911th Airlift Wing. If passed the bill would prevent the Pentagon from closing the base by requiring the Air Force to keep its fleet of aircraft in operation. Murphy is scheduled to meet with Air Force officials at 1 a.m. tomorrow in Washington D.C. to discuss the planned closure of the Moon-based station. “Congressional intervention is needed to stop the Air Force from making a hasty and unwise decision," Rep. Murphy said in a statement. "The 911th is one of the most cost-effective bases in our military. I’m putting down a legislative marker that stops the closure and ensures there’s a deliberate review of the Air Force …