Congressional aides said North Carolina leaders aren’t taking the fight to save Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing lightly.
Speaking to The Fayetteville Observer last week, they described a delegation of two senators – Richard Burr and Thom Tillis – and 13 representatives unified across party lines.
Locally, that includes Reps. Renee Ellmers, Richard Hudson and David Price.
“We’ve been actually working quite a bit,” an aide to a Republican representative said, describing how leaders have banded together to pressure Air Force and Department of Defense leaders over the decision to inactivate the 440th.
Much of those discussions have taken place behind the scenes, the aide said.
“We’re not just kicking and screaming,” he said. “We’ve got to work out some sort of compromise.”
At least two letters of support have been sent on the issue in recent weeks.
Both were addressed to Ash Carter, the new secretary of defense who, before confirmation, promised a meeting on the 440th to Tillis, North Carolina’s freshman senator.