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Keesler keeping squadron with 10 transport planes

Keesler Air Force Base in south Mississippi will keep the 815th Tactical Airlift Squadron and its 10 transport planes, federal officials said Tuesday. The Air Force had considered moving the squadron to another state, but announced Tuesday that the group will remain at Keesler. The C130-J planes are known as "Flying Jennies." Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and members of Mississippi's congressional delegation had tried for more than three years to persuade the Pentagon to keep the squadron at Keesler. In a joint statement, Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo praised the Air Force announcement. "The Air Force proposal to...

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