Senate Supports Continued Operation Of 179th Airlift Wing
Proposal to end program in Mansfield could cost 800 jobs
May 01, 2012
 
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The Ohio Senate today unanimously approved a resolution urging Congress and U.S. Defense officials to reconsider a proposal that would end the C-27J aircraft program at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, eliminating more than 800 jobs. Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 was sponsored by Senators Larry Obhof (R - Montville Township) and Kris Jordan (R - Powell).

"The C-27J program and the personnel of the 179th Airlift Wing have made vital contributions to the defense of our state and our nation, and ending this program would have a serious impact on our security and disaster readiness," Obhof said. "This resolution will send the message to Congress that this is an important issue to all Ohioans, and that any plan to place an unfair economic burden on our state should be reconsidered."

The C-27J Spartan is a twin turboprop used to transport troops and supplies. The plane, which has been used in missions across the globe - including Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, was one of several aircraft recently named by the U.S. Air Force for possible retirement.

"The Air Force's plans to retire the C-27J would have an overwhelmingly negative impact on our state, in particular the Mansfield community where the program is based," Jordan said. "This resolution sends a strong message to Congress that they need to get their fiscal priorities in order by protecting things that make economic sense and protect our country and stop spending dollars in areas that have no benefit to the citizens of Ohio."

Senate Concurrent Resolution 29 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.
For more information, please contact Ron Puff in Senator Jordan's office at (614) 466-8086 or Erich Bittner in Senator Obhof's office at (614) 466-7505. Senator Obhof represents the 22nd Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Medina, Holmes and Wayne counties as well as portions of Ashland County. For more information, please visit www.ohiosenate.gov/larry-obhof.html.
 
 
 
  
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