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Active Unit to Join Delaware Air National Guard

An active duty C-130 squadron could be coming to the Air National Guard base near New Castle by the fall of 2015.

Air force officials have not yet identified a specific unit…which would have around 150 airmen.

It would share the Air Guard’s plans and equipment and the Air Guard’s missions would take priority.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that combining reserve and active units has been done in some 100 associations around the county in an attempt to make the best use of resources in these tight budgetary times.

For the Delaware unit this would allow the Pentagon to use New Castle’s eight C-130H cargo planes and ease the military’s increasing need for airlift.

There’s a similar arrangement at Dover Air force Base where the Air Force Reserve’s 512th Airlift Wing helps to maintain and operate the 436th Airlift wing’s C-FM and C-

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.