2007 a banner year for National Guard

Friday, February 29, 2008

NASHVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., hailed 2007 as a banner year for the Tennessee National Guard recently as he addressed approximately 700 Tennessee guardsmen, their family members, and guests at the National Guard Association of Tennessee Conference in Nashville.

"Last year Congress and the Department of Defense showed how much they value the key role the Tennessee National Guard plays in our nation's defense by defining an important new mission for our 118th Airlift wing and by providing $40 million extra dollars for training and equipping the Tennessee army guard," Alexander said.

"The new airlift mission means that the 118th will keep its aircraft, which are an important asset for state emergencies, and that the community will keep 700 jobs. Tennessee's congressional delegation has worked for the last five years to help get this resolved. This should mean a strong air guard unit in Tennessee for a long time to come."

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