Major face-lift continues at 167th Airlift Wing

May 09, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Base changes for the 167th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport will also bring changes to the surrounding community, said Capt. Melissa Shade, who was on hand as part of a tour of the air base Monday.

Shade said the airlift wing will sponsor a job fair at the airport Friday in anticipation of doubling the full-time work force at the base to 300 employees as the base continues with plans to replace its fleet of C-130 Hercules air transport planes with a nearly equal number of the behemoth C-5 Galaxy heavy cargo planes.

The conversion is part of a multiyear, $240 million Department of Defense project that will bring significant changes to the base, Shade said.

The airlift wing will expand its footprint at the airport from 206 acres to 341 acres, expanding the length of its runway from 7,000 to more than 8,000 feet and adding two new structures, including a multi-purpose maintenance hangar and a control tower.


The new control tower is the tallest habitable structure in Berkeley County, Shade said.

Shade said the project, which this year has captured about a third of the Air National Guard's $88 million budget, is the second-largest construction effort ever undertaken by the air guard, second only to a project at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y.

Friday's job fair will begin at 9 a.m.

167th job fair

What: The 167th Airlift Wing plans to expand its work force to 300 employees and will host a job fair for people interested in learning more.

When: Friday, 9 a.m.

Where: Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, Martinsburg, W.Va.

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