• N.C. congressional leaders seek to protect training of Fort Bragg paratroopers

    Members of Congress are moving forward on attempts to protect the training of Fort Bragg paratroopers, even as Air Force leaders say they are on track to increase their support to Fort Bragg when compared with last year.

    Reps. Renee Ellmers and Richard Hudson have filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would create additional congressional oversight when it comes to airborne operations on Fort Bragg, to ensure the Air Force is providing the promised support.

    The House version of that bill already includes a provision aimed at protecting funding for the Global Response Force, which is largely composed of the 82nd Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps and other Fort Bragg units.

    The GRF is tasked with deploying on short notice anywhere in the world in support of combat operations or humanitarian relief.

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