BRAC Commissioner Tours 440th Airlift Wing

The future of the 440th Airlift Wing at Milwaukee County's airport is on the line Thursday in a visit from a commissioner of Base Realignment and Closure.

Commissioner Samuel Skinner was greeted by dozens of people
rallying at Milwaukee County's airport in support of the base.
Skinner shook hands with some and told them he was impressed by the
Air Reserve base.

But Skinner says it's a little early to make any predictions about whether it can be removed from the base closing list.

Skinner visited the 440th base earlier Thursday located next to the
airport. His report will be forwarded later this year to President Bush,
who will make a final decision on all base closings by the end of
the year.

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