Air Force delays plans to eliminate Fort Bragg air unit

Staff Writer

The Air Force has delayed plans to do away with a group of transport planes based at Fort Bragg.

The Fayetteville Observer reported ( ) that the Air Force Reserve Command has delayed for at least a year plans to deactivate the 440th Airlift Wing.

The unit was scheduled to be inactivated in late September.

The newspaper reported that the delay was announced by 440th commander Col. Karl Schmitkons in a July edition of the unit's newsletter, Combat Airlifter.

The 440th Airlift Wing flies C-130 aircraft that support training at Fort Bragg.

Schmitkons said the Air Force Reserve still plans to deactivate the wing, now scheduled for Sept. 30, 2016.

Col. Robert Palmer with the Air Force Reserve Command said the delay comes because of pending legislation.