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Byrd: C-5s will add 170 jobs

April 19, 2002

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The C-5 aircraft to be based with the Martinsburg Air National Guard will add about 170 jobs to the Guard unit, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., said Wednesday.

"These aircraft are some of the largest in the world. In order to maintain and operate those planes, the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg will expand by at least 170 men and women," Byrd said in a news release.

The 167th Airlift Wing currently employs approximately 1,200 part- and full-time personnel with an annual economic impact of approximately $32 million.

Last week, Byrd announced that the Defense Department had selected Martinsburg's West Virginia Eastern Regional Airport as the home for 10 C-5 aircraft. The Pentagon is expected to formalize its plans this week. The change is part of a mission restructuring that affects 31 military installations across the country.

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The total military construction cost necessary to prepare the existing facility will exceed $200 million, and the aircraft transfer will require an increase in work force at the Guard base.

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