News Bulletin: The 440th Airlift Wing Community Council, the Milwaukee-area nonprofit that has promoted the missions and personnel at General Mitchell Air Reserve Station, is alive and well even though the installation closed four years ago after its primary mission relocated to North Carolina as a result of BRAC 2005.
The council’s continued support shouldn’t come as a total surprise since more than 100 reserve members of the 440th Airlift Wing commute monthly from Milwaukee to Pope Field, N.C., for training, reported Brookfield Now. Last month, 11 individuals on the community council accompanied the reservists on their regular flight aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft to tour the unit’s new home and gain a better understanding of its role within the Air Force.
The wing’s mission to transport equipment, supplies and personnel in support of wartime and humanitarian operations has not changed significantly since it moved from General Mitchell International Airport. The setup at Pope — which earlier this year became an Army-operated facility managed by Fort Bragg — is unique, however. The unit owns the aircraft stationed there and directs all active-duty and Reserve C-130 flying operations at Pope, according to the story.