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Casey sends letter supporting base

on January 24, 2014 10:30 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is sending a letter to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force in hopes of keeping a Pittsburgh-area base open.

Casey, a Democrat, teamed with other western Pennsylvania lawmakers to overturn plans to close the 911th Airlift Wing in Moon Township last September.

Casey said he’s sending the letter because he fears the base might once again be on the chopping block in an upcoming report on which bases and installations the commission will recommend closing.

The Air Force had planned to close the base, which employs about 2,000, saying it would save about $354 million. The Air Force says the eight C-130 refueling planes housed there are among the oldest in its fleet.

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