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Fort Bragg training unaffected by grounding of some C-130s, officials say

A pair of C-130 Hercules cargo planes sit on the tarmac at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Nearly one-fourth of the Air Force's fleet of C-130s is being pulled for inspection after ''atypical'' cracks were found on the lower center wing joint during scheduled depot maintenance, Air Mobility Command announced late Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

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By RACHAEL RILEY | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: August 10, 2019

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Tribune News Service) — The Air Force Air Mobility Command's decision to temporarily remove 123 of 450 C-130 Hercules aircraft this week has not affected Fort Bragg training operations, officials said.

Gen. Maryanne Miller, the commander of Air Mobility Command, issued an order Wednesday to remove the aircraft temporarily after cracks were discovered near lower center wing joints, the command said in a statement. Miller directed a technical order inspection to identify and correct any crackings "to ensure airworthiness" of the aircraft, the statement said.

Fort Bragg paratroopers use C-130s for training exercises, but a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division said the division has a great relationship with its Air Force partners, who provide support.

"We have not seen any effects from the temporary grounding announced by (Air Mobility Command) nor do we anticipate any in the foreseeable future," said Lt. Col. Michael Burns, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division. "The division will continue our airborne training, ensuring that we are able to jump, fight and win tonight."

A spokesman for the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group at Pope Army Airfield said there have been no changes to upcoming training for local airmen following the Air Mobility Command's directive.

The C-130s used locally "come from many places," with most from Little Rock or Dyess Air Force Base, said Jim Bove, a spokesman for the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group.

"We'll plan accordingly in the future, but as of now, there are no changes that we know of," Bove said.

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