ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that a new fleet of C-130Js will be stationed at the 165th Airlift Wing (AW) at the Georgia Air National Guard Base in Savannah.
“This is extremely exciting news for Savannah’s Airmen and the entire coastal community,” said Senator Perdue. “We’ve made it a top priority to modernize and upgrade military equipment in order to preserve our competitive advantage around the world, and the 165th Airlift Wing is a critical component of that effort. These new aircraft will equip our Georgia Air National Guard with state-of-the-art technology as they support America’s global security interests. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and proud Senator for Georgia, I continue to focus on making sure our women and men in uniform always have the tools they need to carry out their missions, and that our state is at the forefront of that effort.”
“We are excited about the Air Force’s decision to upgrade the Georgia Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing (AW) with the modern C-130J Super Hercules aircraft,” said Major General Thomas Carden, Adjutant General of Georgia National Guard. “The overall readiness of the 165th AW made a solid business case for this upgrade. This coupled with the unwavering support and leadership from Senator David Perdue put us in a position to take on this new equipment and make our country safer.”
“This is great news for the 165th Airlift Wing and for Coastal Georgia,” said Colonel (Ret.) Pete Hoffman, Executive Director of Coastal Georgia Military Affairs Coalition. “We know that this basing decision was driven in large part by Senator Perdue in his role as a member of the Armed Services Committee. This community greatly appreciates Senator Perdue’s leadership in this decision, as well as the full support of Senator Loeffler and Congressman Carter.”
In May, Senator Perdue sent a letter encouraging Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett to select the 165th AW for this important aircraft transition. Working closely with the Air Force and local community leaders, Perdue has continued to highlight Savannah’s unique qualifications and the strategic importance of bringing this new aircraft fleet to Georgia.
Source: Senator David Perdue