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Phil Bredesen on Homeland Security

Democratic TN Governor

 


Keep the 118th Air Lift Wing in Tennessee

Governor Bredesen today announced that [the state is suing to] oppose dismantling Tennessee's 118th Air Lift Wing. "We're continuing to fight for the future of the 118th and the people it serves," Bredesen said. "Federal law says the Governor has the final say in whether a unit stays or goes, and I'm doing everything I can to ensure the 118th continues to call Nashville home."

The lawsuit asks the courts to declare that the Department of Defense may not realign the 118th and relocate its eight C130 aircraft to other states without the Governor's consent. Bredesen's lawsuit is based on federal law which states that an Air National Guard unit cannot be withdrawn from a state without the consent of the Governor.

Bredesen noted that the changes likely would lead to the loss of more than 700 personnel, while the loss of the eight C130 aircraft would severely hamper future response to "natural disasters, terrorist acts and other catastrophic circumstances."

Source: 2005 gubernatorial press release: "Fight to Keep 118th" , Jan 5, 2005

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