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Mansfield base gains 180 jobs, 4 planes

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nearly 200 new jobs are coming to Mansfield’s Air National Guard base, which was in danger of losing nearly 1,000 less than a year ago.

The White House has announced a new mission for the Lahm Air National Guard Base, which includes the stationing of eight C-130 “Hercules” planes (above) and 180 additional airmen in support roles for the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio National Guard, which was nearly disbanded last year.

“It’s been a long fight to show the White House that getting rid of the 179th was the wrong decision.  These courageous men and women have remained strong in the face of adversity, and I have no doubt the Airmen of the 179th will excel as they fulfill their new mission to protect and strengthen our nation,” Sen. Rob Portman said in a written statement released by his office.

Four C-27J aircraft will be removed from the Base at Mansfield-Lahm Airport and eight C-130s will be added, along with the extra personnel, the Air Force announced.

“I am glad the Ohio congressional delegation was able to work together to ensure these hard working men and women are able to continue their mission. The 179th has been key to our nation’s security efforts for over 60 years, and I am relieved that the Obama Administration has changed their mind after announcing their plan to eliminate 800 jobs here in Mansfield,” Cong. Bob Gibbs (R-Lakeville) said.

The Obama administration originally proposed mothballing the four C-27Js in Mansfield and separating the 800 Guardsmen assigned to the 179th Airlift Wing, Portman said.

Shortly after flying into Mansfield in July, 2012, President Obama announced a commitment to finding a mission for the guardsmen.

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