Charleston West Virginia Economic Development

Discussions on Economic and Community Development in West Virginia and the Charleston MSA as well as issues of the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, December 28, 2007

In the summer of 2005, the Charleston Area Alliance supported the “Keep ‘em Flying” initiative publicly and financially in an effort to secure the presence of the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston. In addition to community, government, public support and a $25,000 contribution from the Alliance, the National Guard was able to maintain its presence and in our city and state.
We salute our men and women who are in the military.

December 22, 2007

Byrd secures funding for Guard at Yeager

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., has secured $17.3 million in federal funds to upgrade the West Virginia National Guard’s facilities and hangars at Yeager Airport in Charleston.

Congress sent the White House a spending bill this week that includes the funds to replace Yeager Airport’s 55-year-old maintenance hangar.

“I am very pleased that Congress has completed action on this bill, which includes needed funding for the 130th Airlift Wing. I have fought hard to secure this investment,” Byrd said.

“The 130th is unparalleled in its commitment to duty, preparedness and record of success. To stay on the cutting edge, our Guard must be provided with top-notch facilities.”

Byrd tried to get funds to build a new hangar back in 2005. But those efforts fell flat when Bush administration leaders placed the 130th Airlift Wing on the Pentagon’s Base Realignment and Closure list.

Byrd and the entire West Virginia Congressional delegation worked with the state leaders, local officials and grassroots supporters to save the base.

West Virginia Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett said building a new hangar will help “ensure the 130th Airlift Wing is positioned to execute 21st-century homeland defense missions in support of the nation, both at home and abroad.

“Sen. Byrd understands the significant role the National Guard plays in the defense of our nation; we are indeed fortunate to have his national leadership and to have him represent West Virginia in Congress.”


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