60 Moments: 130th Airlift Wing Saved

By: Scott Saxton Email
By: Scott Saxton Email

When the time comes to help the country, our region answers the call.

But in 2005, the call from the government to shut down the 130th Airlift Wind of the National Guard Wing was a shocker.

The announcement fired up a powerful senator -- Robert Byrd -- who pulled out all the stops to make sure the 130th stayed put.

Rallies fortified the troops at home, and the showdown came in Charlotte, North Carolina that summer, when Byrd led the coalition to save the 130th.

A convincing argument from the country's longest serving senator helped keep the C-130s of the 130th landing in Charleston.

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