MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The arrival of 10 C-5 cargo airplanes at the Air National Guard base in Martinsburg means 185 military jobs will be added and the base's operating budget will increase by about $16 million a year, according to new figures released Wednesday.
When it was announced in April that the C-5s would come here, officials anticipated adding 170 new military employees.
In late July, U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd met with U.S. Air Force Secretary James Roche, who gave Byrd updated job and economic figures associated with the conversion from C-130 aircraft to C-5s at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, according to a press release issued Wednesday by Byrd's office.
Full-time jobs at the base will increase from 322 to at least 507, Byrd, D-W.Va., said. The total number of military personnel will increase from 1,168 to 1,340.
The base's annual operating budget is expected to increase from $34 million to approximately $50 million.