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Lawmakers meet with Air Force over C-130 plan

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Alabama congressional delegation met with Air Force officials over the planned retirement of C-130 aircraft.  The aircraft are flown by the 908th Airlift Wing at Maxwell Air Force Base.  The changes would leave the 908th without any planes - putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

Lawmakers want to know exactly how the Department of Defense came to its decision and whether it would actually save money to retire or move the fleet.  The changes would be part of a plan to save $487 million in defense spending over the next 10 years.  A report published by the 9-08th found that retiring the fleet could put 700 jobs at Maxwell at risk - which would be a big economic blow to Montgomery.

"We must make sure that the decisions that are made actually reflect fiscal savings," said Rep. Martha Roby, R-2nd District.  "That was the point of the meeting today.  I feel we all walked away knowing that we had asked for information."

Roby has sponsored an amendment to the defense budget bill that would require the Air Force to justify the moves - even if it doesn't directly address the concerns of lawmakers before the budget is passed.  

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