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Forum staff reports, Published May 18 2012

Bill keeping flying mission for Fargo base passes the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., announced Friday that a bill that would preserve a flying mission for the Air National Guard base in Fargo passed a House vote and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

As passed by the House, the National Defense Au-thorization Act prevents the divestment or retire-ment of the C-27J program, Berg said in the news re-lease. Fargo’s 119th Wing was expecting to be one of several states to be home the cargo airplane.

The aircraft were can-celled by the Air Force as part of cost-savings re-quirements, but losing the new planes would make Fargo’s Air Guard the only one in the country without a manned mission. Local officials have lobbied to ensure the base continues to have a manned flying mission.