The New York National Guard 107th Airlift Wing amply demonstrated its value in the wake of hurricane-related storm that ravaged New York City and Long Island this week, according to three locally elected federal representatives.
Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul on Thursday all urged the Department of Defense to review the importance of the 107th Airlift Wing, based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. In a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the lawmakers said the wing has served as a proven resource, given the unit’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene last year and the current service after Superstorm Sandy.
The air base has been targeted for reductions as the Air Force looks to shrink its force. Recent congressional legislation appears to have protected the base units for the fiscal year that started last month, but their future beyond then is uncertain.