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Congressman Bill Shuster toured the 911th Airlift Wing

Washington, D.C.Congressman Bill Shuster toured the 911th Airlift Wing in Pittsburgh this morning with the company’s command along with Congressman Tim Murphy.

Congressman Shuster, much like the rest of the Western Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation, is very concerned about proposed cuts to the 911th Airlift Wing and 171st Air Guard and wanted to take this opportunity to see firsthand the incredible capabilities these two units provide to our homeland security and national defense.

“As a member of the Armed Services Committee, and as a concerned Pennsylvanian, I know that the government’s primary responsibility is to defend the nation and I take that responsibility very seriously,” said Shuster.

The Air Force announced plans earlier this year to close the 911th in 2013, eliminating 1,100 military and 280 civilian jobs in the move. The neighboring 171st Refueling Wing also has been targeted for realignment.

“The 911th Airlift Wing and the 171st Air Guard Refueling Wing are pivotal to the region and it’s important that we save the jobs here, not just for the warfighters, but for our nation’s safety,” said Shuster.