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State Senators Kris Jordan (R- Powell) and Larry Obhof (R- Montville Township) today introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 urging Congress and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to maintain the C-27J aircraft program at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield.

"The Air Force's proposal is an unbalanced approach that will have profoundly negative consequences for the Mansfield region, as the 800 jobs that stand to be eliminated are critical to the region's defense readiness and to the economic vitality of the community," Obhof said.

The U.S. Air Force recently announced plans to retire hundreds of aircraft across the country, including the C-27J Spartan, a twin turboprop used to transport troops and supplies. The plane, assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing at Ohio Air National Guard base in Mansfield, has been used in missions across the globe, including Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Closing the base and retiring or relocating the C-27J aircraft would mean the loss of 800 jobs in the community.

"The 179th Airlift Wing has proven to be a highly-effective resource in ensuring our country's defense, and C-27J is an ideal aircraft for supplying our troops engaged in conflicts around the world," Jordan said. "It is our hope that Congress and the Defense Department explore any and all alternatives to eliminating the program in Mansfield."

Copies of the resolution, as well as letters from Jordan and Obhof opposing the cuts to the 179th Airlift Wing, have been forwarded to members of Ohio's Congressional delegation and members of the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

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For more information, please contact Chris Grewe in Senator Jordan's office at (614) 466-8086 or Erich Bittner in Senator Obhof¿s office at (614) 466-7505.
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