In 2016 Senator Thom Tillis advocated for an expansion of Pope Field’s runway, which had not been extended since 1972. A recent Army audit report has stated that Fort Bragg’s airfields are “the poorest infrastructure in the Army.” Tillis is now seeking answers as to the readiness of Fort Bragg and the condition of the airfields. Tillis sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee and has been asking Army officials about the condition of the runways these past couple months. “Is the Army adequately funding power projection and installation readiness, which also extends to rail, stationing requirements and facility issues that undermine training and readiness?” questioned Tillis. The audit has not been publicly released but Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Gen. James McConville have stated that over $115 million has been invested in runways at Fort Bragg since 2011.
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