Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
Today, the Air Force announced that the 911th Airlift Wing at the Pittsburgh International Airport will be preserved for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014, reversing a decision made last year to slow operations in preparation for closure in 2013. The decision saves the jobs of nearly 2,000 military and civilian employees stationed at the Air Force Reserve base.
The choice by new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh was centered on which bases will receive the additional C-130 cargo planes mandated in the defense spending bill President Obama signed in January.
With the 911th Airlift Wing safe from the chopping block, ROA is celebrating a major legislative victory. Through a tireless campaign to correct a series of misstatements and inaccurate information, local ROA members in Pennsylvania’s Western region effectively armed their Congressional delegation with the numbers and knowledge they needed to take a stand against the closure of one the most efficient, skilled, and mission-ready airlift units in the country.
Thanks to the efforts of ROA’s dedicated members the 911th will retain its full fleet with plans to add one additional C-130 in the next fiscal year.
“Today’s announcement is a great victory for the Pittsburgh Reserve community,” said ROA’s executive director Major General Andrew Davis, USMC (Ret).
The announcement is also a major victory for ROA and its members. “Here’s an example of grassroots advocacy in action,” Davis said. “When the Air Force was basing a decision to shutter this facility on faulty logic, ROA members stood up for their community and their Reserve comrades to say no.”
By pursuing an informed and open dialogue with their elected officials ROA members worked hand in hand with Congress to shed light on the base’s uncommon efficiency and reliability. In the end their efforts saved jobs and helped preserve the strength and cost-effectiveness of our Reserve force.
The Reserve Officers Association is the 60,000-member professional association for all uniformed services of the United States. Chartered by Congress and in existence since 1922, ROA advises and educates the Congress, the President, and the American people on national security, with unique expertise on issues that affect the 1.5 million men and women now serving in America’s Reserve Components.