The U.S. Air Force announced Tuesday that it will immediately begin action to bring the C-27J formal training unit (FTU) mission to Key Field Air National Guard Base at Meridian. This mission will bring two additional C-27J aircraft to Meridian in the next few years, increasing to six the planned total of C-27Js to be based at Key Field. An estimated 37 full-time employees and scores of trainees annually will be associated with the FTU, bringing the total personnel associated with the C-27J platform to 142 when the mission is fully operational in 2015.
I am very excited that the Air Force has confirmed what we have known all along: Key Field has the capacity and our airmen have the expertise to stand up and execute this training mission. While details still remain to be worked out, this is a significant milestone to ensure the viability of Key Field Air Guard Station for many years to come.
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