mcloudyn.png
Sunday October 2nd, 2022 9:50PM

Georgia lawmakers fight plan to close pilot training center

By The Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Georgia lawmakers is asking congressional budget writers to reject the Biden administration's plan to close a training facility for military pilots in the state.

The five Georgia congressmen, led by Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, sent a letter to key members of House and Senate subcommittees that oversee defense budgets to request $11.5 million to keep open the Combat Readiness Training Center in Savannah.

President Joe Biden’s proposed budget for fiscal 2023 would eliminate funding for the Air National Guard center that conducts air-to-air combat training missions for both reservist and active-duty fighter pilots.

"As members of Congress, we recognize that budgets have limits and hard decisions must be made to protect our country’s bottom line," said the April 28 letter. “But our military’s capacity to conduct realistic, live training sets us apart from our adversaries."

The letter continued: "We can see from Russia’s tactical incompetency in Ukraine how disastrous it can be if a nation does not properly prepare its warfighters. That is exactly why the Savannah CRTC must remain open.”

The fight over the training center has put Biden at odds with some members of his own party in Georgia. Warnock and fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff signed the letter opposing the closure. So did Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop and Republican Reps. Buddy Carter and Austin Scott.

The U.S. military has proposed closing the Savannah center in part because of fiscal constraints as well as changes in training requirements and user demand, said Maj. Amber Schatz, a spokeswoman for the Air National Guard.

The Air National Guard operates three similar pilot training centers in Gulfport, Mississippi; Alpena, Michigan; and Camp Douglas, Wisconsin. If the Georgia facility closes, the remaining three “can absorb the full spectrum training requirements needed to be ready today while modernizing to be stronger tomorrow,” Schatz said in an emailed statement.

The Georgia lawmakers say the Savannah training center is more efficient, in part because it shares an airfield with another Air National Guard unit, the 165th Airlift Wing. It's located near the coastal city's commercial airport.

The congressmen contend that closing the Savannah training center would eliminate roughly 100 military and civilian jobs. They also say it would waste roughly $25 million spent building a new hangar for fighter maintenance that's scheduled for completion in August.

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, which is also fighting to keep the center open, says the facility conducted more than 2,000 training missions last year and hosted nearly 6,000 personnel.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Business, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Online Headlines - Georgia News
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Judge: Arizona prisoner psychologically fit to be executed
A judge has ruled that an Arizona prisoner convicted in the 1978 killing of a university student is mentally fit to be put to death next week
12:36PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Intuit to pay $141M settlement over 'free' TurboTax ads
New York's attorney general is announcing that the company behind the TurboTax tax-filing program will pay $141 million to customers across the United States who were deceived by misleading promises of free tax-filing services
12:09PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Amber Heard to take stand in Johnny Depp's libel suit
Actor Amber Heard is expected to take the stand in her own defense in a libel suit filed by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp
11:49AM ( 54 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Brown wins Ohio rematch with progressive activist Turner
President Joe Biden has congratulated Democratic U.S. Rep. Shontel Brown of Ohio for her primary victory over former state Sen. Nina Turner
11:31AM ( 1 hour ago )
Live updates | Hungary won't support banning Russian oil
Hungary’s foreign minister says the country won’t support a European Union proposal for banning oil imports from Russia in a move that could derail the bloc’s efforts to apply united pressure against Moscow over its war in Ukraine
10:36AM ( 2 hours ago )
Elon Musk asked to testify on Twitter by UK Parliament
A British parliamentary committee scrutinizing draft online safety legislation has invited Elon Musk to discuss his plans to buy Twitter and the changes he’s proposing for the social media platform
8:06AM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Live updates | LA abortion rights protest turns violent
A Los Angeles protest over the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would throw out Roe v
1:21AM ( 11 hours ago )
Primary takeaways: Trump passes test as kingmaker in Ohio
The primary election in Ohio stood as the first real test this midterm election season of former President Donald Trump's status as the Republican Party kingmaker — and he passed
12:12AM ( 12 hours ago )
Live updates l Midterm results show strong Trump influence
The midterm election season began in earnest Tuesday with primaries in Indiana and Ohio
11:27PM ( 13 hours ago )
AP Online Congress News
Russia pounds Ukraine, targeting supply of Western arms
Russian forces pounded targets across Ukraine, taking aim at supply lines for foreign weapons in the west and intensifying an offensive in the east
11:26AM ( 1 hour ago )
Sinn Fein eyes historic win in Northern Ireland election
The Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein may be headed for a historic victory in Northern Ireland, which has been led by British unionist parties since it was founded as a state a century ago
11:20AM ( 1 hour ago )
Moderna first-quarter profit triples on robust vaccine sales
COVID-19 vaccine sales helped Moderna triple its net income in a better-than-expected first quarter
11:18AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Business
Carrasco navigates 8 innings, Mets sweep twinbill vs Braves
Carlos Carrasco dodged trouble for eight innings, Pete Alonso homered against Kyle Wright on an off night for Atlanta’s breakout right-hander and the New York Mets beat the Braves 3-0 to complete a doubleheader sweep
9:55PM ( 14 hours ago )
FACT FOCUS: Gaping holes in the claim of 2K ballot ‘mules’
A film debuting in over 270 theaters across the United States this week uses a flawed analysis of cellphone location data and ballot drop box surveillance footage to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 presidential election nearly 18 months after it ended
7:47PM ( 16 hours ago )
Alonso helps Mets get to Morton, top Braves 5-4 in DH opener
Pete Alonso had two RBI singles as the Mets pounced early against Charlie Morton, and New York’s bullpen closed out a five-hitter to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 in the opener of a doubleheader
7:43PM ( 17 hours ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
AP Online Headlines - Georgia News
Judge: Arizona prisoner psychologically fit to be executed
A judge has ruled that an Arizona prisoner convicted in the 1978 killing of a university student is mentally fit to be put to death next week
12:36PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Intuit to pay $141M settlement over 'free' TurboTax ads
New York's attorney general is announcing that the company behind the TurboTax tax-filing program will pay $141 million to customers across the United States who were deceived by misleading promises of free tax-filing services
12:09PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Amber Heard to take stand in Johnny Depp's libel suit
Actor Amber Heard is expected to take the stand in her own defense in a libel suit filed by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp
11:49AM ( 54 minutes ago )
'It was just fun': Backup Domingue backstops OT win for Pens
The Pittsburgh Penguins went into the playoffs knowing they’d be without starting goalie Tristan Jarry for at least the first couple of games
11:45AM ( 59 minutes ago )
Election 2022: JD Vance wins Ohio's GOP Senate primary
Primary elections in Ohio have set the stage for a more competitive phase of the midterm primary season, with closely watched races in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia scheduled for later this month
11:43AM ( 1 hour ago )