The Air National Guard will comprise C-21 cargo aircraft, which are to begin arriving in September, Gov. M. Jodi Rell and state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced Wednesday. The agreement between Connecticut and the National Guard Bureau and U.S. Air Force also calls for a command and control headquarters and a regional aircraft engine repair facility.
More than 400 jobs will be protected, though the presence of fighter planes in Connecticut has ended.
"Washington heard my message loud and clear," Rell said. "This is a significant success." (AP)
This is great news. I really wasn't expecting them to get anywhere with the Air National Guard. Rell and Blumenthal deserve a lot of credit--and Rell, at least, is taking it. Her campaign put out a jubilant release today, trumpeting the fact that "Team Connecticut is 2-0 against Defense Department recommendations to close major facilities in our state."
"Conn. loses fighter jets, but gains cargo planes at Bradley base." Associated Press 26 July, 2006.