A resolution opposing the elimination of the Louisiana National Guard 259th Air Traffic Control Squadron and requesting support from the State of Louisiana and Congressional Delegation to reverse said plan.
WHEREAS, England Airpark and Alexandria International Airport host the Louisiana National Guard 259th Air Traffic Control Squadron, and;
WHEREAS, the 259th controls the safe movement and flight of all fixed and rotary wing aircraft at Alexandria International Airport, and;
WHEREAS, Alexandria International Airport is an important air facility for general aviation, commercial aviation, regional Gulf Coast Disaster Relief and the aerial port of embarkation for Ft. Polk, and;
WHEREAS, all troops entering or leaving our nation’s premier light infantry training facility, Ft. Polk, move through Alexandria International Airport and are thus controlled by the 259th, and;
WHEREAS, all troops conducting real world deployments move through Alexandria International Airport and are thus controlled by the 259th, and;
WHEREAS, the 259th Air Traffic Control Squadron has safely moved over 500,000 troops and 170,000 tons of military cargo through Alexandria International Airport, and;
WHEREAS, said unit has regularly deployed overseas to such places as Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Diego Garcia, and;
WHEREAS, said unit has played and indispensable role in disaster relief in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY (INSERT YOUR AGENCY NAME), in legal session convened, that this body goes on record as supporting the continued existence and operation of the 259th Air Traffic Control unit, and;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the 259th ATC support of Ft. Polk and its critical training and deployment mission is essential to the successful future of Ft. Polk, and;
BE IT FURTHER RESLOVED, that the 259th ATC disaster support role is essential to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, and;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this body respectfully calls upon Governor Jindal, the Louisiana State Legislature, Adjutant General Curtis, and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation to take such actions as are necessary to save the 259th ATC from elimination as proposed by the proposed Air Force budget.
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