|Higgins Applauds BRAC Decision to Keep Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Open; Saddened at the Loss of Air National Guard's 107th Air Refueling Wing and KC-135 Tankers|
|August 26, 2005|
Buffalo, NY—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) applauded the decision by the eight-member panel of BRAC to keep the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) open, while acknowledging with sadness to loss of the Air National Guard’s 107th Air Refueling Wing and KC-135 Tankers from the base.
“Today, the power of the united voices and actions of the people of Western New York were triumphant. The decision to keep NFARS open, and keep thousands of Western New Yorkers working, is a victory for all in our region and for the entire country as well. Thousands of my constituents will be able to keep their jobs, including those who work on the base and those who provide support in the surrounding communities. While the loss of the 107th Air Refueling Wing and KC-135 Tankers is disheartening, the decision by BRAC to include the personnel from the 107th as a Reserve Associate Unit with the 914th Airlift Wing, and to provide those men and women with the proper training is a well thought and commendable decision. NFARS offers a high-quality infrastructure, which has been greatly modernized over the past decade and it has made tremendous strides in being brought into the 21st century. Western New Yorkers know NFARS’ great relevance to the security, stability and safety of our nation—now we must make it known nationally,” said Congressman Higgins.