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Decision On Closing Of 911th Airlift Wing Expected Wednesday

March 12, 2013

One state lawmaker says he expects a decision from the Air Force on Wednesday on the closing of the 911th Airlift Wing, an Air Force base in the Pittsburgh area.

The Air Force listed the base last year on its list of facilities around the nation that would be closed in a massive cost-cutting effort.  Officials say closure of the Pittsburgh base could save some $354 million.

Numerous lawmakers have lobbied against the closing.  Congressman Tim Murphy said on Monday he is still hopeful the base will remain open, and he expects to know on Wednesday.

Nearly 2,000 people, military and civilian, have jobs at the 911th.  The base is the home to numerous C-130 refueling planes.

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