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Amendment to house bill is step toward keeping C-130H aircraft at Stratton

Thursday, May 10, 2012
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An amendment to block the relocation or retirement of C-130 aircraft throughout the country has left Schenectady County officials encouraged about the fate of four aircraft they thought Glenville might lose.

There was speculation earlier this year that the Stratton Air National Guard Base in Glenville could lose its four C-130H aircraft to military downsizing and consolidation. The fear was that relocating the planes to another base would negatively impact the National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing based out of Stratton and its missions in Antarctica and the Arctic Circle.

The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment today to the fiscal 2013 Defense Authorization Bill that, if adopted as part of the final Defense Authorization Act, would prevent the relocation of the aircraft.

Marty Finn, Chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature’s Economic Development Commitee, thanked the federal and local legislators who supported the amendment that would keep missions and jobs in the county.

“The Stratton Air Guard Base performs key military and scientific missions in a very cost competitive way,” said Finn in a news release issued today. “This measure keeps these C-130s right where they belong in Glenville. Moving four of the 14 aircraft stationed here made no sense.”

Reach Gazette reporter Bethany Bump at 395-3107 or bbump@dailygazette.net.

 
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