Tuesday, April 14, 2015

C-130's stay at Keesler

Governor Phil Bryant issued the following press release:

Gov. Phil Bryant Comments on Retention of C-130J Aircraft at Keesler Air Force Base
State, Federal Coordination Result in a Win for Mississippi

JACKSON—Strong coordination among state, federal and community partners is keeping the C-130J aircraft at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi. In past years, there had been a move to deactivate Keesler’s 815th Tactical Airlift Squadron and relocate its 10 C-130J aircraft, known as the “Flying Jennies”, to another state.

Gov. Bryant has worked closely with Mississippi’s congressional delegation to keep the Flying Jennies in Mississippi. He also joined with other Gulf Coast states in expressing to President Obama the importance of the C-I30 J aircraft to natural disaster response in hurricane-prone areas.

“This is outstanding news for Keesler, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the entire state of Mississippi,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “Mississippi’s military facilities are vital to the state’s economy, and they are integral to the communities in which they are located. We have been working for several years to prevent the unjustified relocation of these aircraft, and today we see the results of our teamwork. I thank Sen. Cochran, Sen. Wicker and Congressman Palazzo for their efforts.”

Keesler Air Force Base was named the top installation in the United States Air Force in 2013. It is one of the largest employers in south Mississippi with a combined military and civilian payroll of more than $400 million per year. The base generates more than $1 billion in economic impact. 


Anonymous said...

God Bless Feel Bryant and God Bless America.

Anonymous said...

The governor gets blamed for enough, lets give him credit for this. Thank you Governor Bryant.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why we even need a Congressional delegation if the governor can bring home the federal bacon. I'm sure Thad, Roger and Bennie appreciate the governor's efforts on this project.

Ghost of John Stennis said...

Ain't got shat to do with Feel. It's all about political pull. This minutia never reached the level of El Presidente. That was prompted out of a deep sleep and told to sign a letter. Harper will now show up in Pelahatchie at a chitlin' banquet to claim credik.

Anonymous said...

We appreciate the generous support of the taxpayers of 49 other states to keep the gravy train rolling in southern Mississippi.

Did anyone even consider whether or not this location is where the COUNTRY needs these planes based the most? It's not supposed to be a handout.

A-6 Rewing Project said...

1:16; Wake your ass up. Every military installation in this country is in place due to political pull and nothing else. Strategerie has absolutely todo with it. Stennis, Montgomery, Eastland, Lott and Cochran have kept our bases in place for more than half a century.

The lone democrat, Bennie, could not even manage to keep Boeing in Greenville after Stennis got it put there.

Kingfish said...

Guess y'all forgot about the Panama operation and where some of the planes used were based.

Anonymous said...


When you already have a 2.6 square mile massively built airbase, it's hard to think about just picking it up and dropping it somewhere else you might like it to be this year.

Then some wiseguy'll come along next cycle and think it should be up in the mountains.

Anonymous said...

I'm just thankful that Feel was able to save it, literally almost all by himself.

Anonymous said...

I would be surprised if Bennie knows the planes are in Mississippi.

Stennis/Rewing said...

Stennis got Boeing to come to Greenville and utilize part of the old air base with two parallel 7000 foot runways and a depot level maintenance program for the A-6 Rewing. As soon as he died, they left town. Nobody picked up the slack. Not sure who followed him in office.Webb Franklin or who? Anyway, that project was shot to shit. This only proves the point that these projects move around or stay put according to political pull.

Smokey said...

KF @ 2:54
In my best Chris Tucker voice...
Why you keep bringing up old shit ?

Anonymous said...

Let me guess 1:16 you are a McDaniel tea bagger Only an idiot or tea bagger would feel this way. Fratricide runs in their blood.

Anonymous said...

Come on people! Can you not celebrate Feel's performance just this once?

Feel Who? said...

7:46 has squawked several times about Feel's involvement. Perhaps he will tell us what Feel did to 'save the day'. Governors and their lackeys don't 'save' military installations. They're not even seated on the front row.

Anonymous said...

Feel haters gonna hate.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the main reason he wanted it to remain in the state is because it looks like a large flying cross. The old rugged cross flies here today.

Anonymous said...

Anyone care about WHY the US Air Force wanted to move the Hercs? Nope because what's best for the politician is more important than what the DOD needs to tactically plan for a balanced Air Force for our country. This is why your tax dollars are pouring cash into B-52s in Louisiana because Senator Foghorn Leghorn doesn't want to lose his revenue. Idiots

Anonymous said...


Perhaps you should consider educating yourself before you blindly attempt to condescend to others while labeling them "idiots."

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (United States Congress) demanded the transfer and subsequent closing of the 815th Airlift Squadron. It called for the transfer of the 10 C-130J aircraft to Pope Army Airfield.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 (again, United States Congress) calls for the closing of the airwing at Pope, where the C-130J were supposed to transfer to. Therefore, the Air Force Reserve Command had to delay the inactivation of the 815th.

Of course, one could go on and point out that the aircraft were going to North Carolina due to Congressional act and then a year later, were thereafter going to Arkansas..... again due to Congressional Act, that somewhat contradicted the act from the year before.

Or one could just ignore facts and jump up on that high horse for one more attempt to make their anonymous self feel better than other anonymous selves.

Anonymous said...

Um...I was at the Pentagon through the post-BRAC mess and on the Plans team that worked these issues. Though I am an Air War College grad and worked through meddling staffers on these issues...thanks for the
NDA primer. I have flown w the 815th and was at Pope per this issue. I wasn't on a high horse but have been in a lot of high planes. Idiot

Anonymous said...


No, you didn't work on "these issues." The last BRAC round was 2005 and this has nothing to do with the Base Realignment and Closure commission or what they attempted to do.

These were Congressional decisions and had little to do with what "the US Air Force wanted" or "what the DOD needs to tactically plan for a balanced Air Force for our country."

Again, feel free to educate yourself and don't use this weak attempt to appeal to authority or hiding behind vague comments.

Anonymous said...

Okay. I'll try one more time and then I'm done. BRAC is a committee with zero congressional involvement until the SERVICES have made recommended the movements or cuts. There was and is a group in AT Plans that then begins to react to political infighting and constantly adjusts as the whining ensues. Politicians want all they can get in the sty...the Services want to cut,build and move assets in order to PLAN at least 20 years out. Yes I was there in 05 with the first planners. We simply abhor politicians but must do their petty bidding. The Services (the tactical and strategic ops experts) make the BRAC framework knowing that Senatah Blowhard will scream if someone tries to move their cheese no matter the validity of the recommendation. Now, as for your questioning if I was there...tell me the Brig Gen that ran the group which Guard Chief was the A6 deputy chief and who performed a concert in the Pentagon courtyard during 2005. Still an idiot...or a political hack or Straphanger or former Page that you might be.

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