Ryan Statement on BRAC Commission's Approval to Move 440th Airlift Wing
August 27, 2005
Wisconsin's First District Congressman Paul Ryan released the following statement regarding the Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission's approval to move the 440th Airlift Wing of the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
"I disagree strongly with the Commission's decision and believe it is short-sighted. The 440th Airlift Wing has proven itself time and time again as a courageous unit that has done an exemplary job supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and other critical missions. I had hoped that the information the congressional delegation, the governor, and the 440th itself provided would convince Commission members of the value of keeping the 440th stationed in Milwaukee where it has operated so effectively. This is a grave disappointment to all of us," Ryan said.
The next step is for the Commission to send its base realignment and closure proposals to President Bush. If the President approves the plan, it will go into effect unless Congress disapproves the package within 45 days.