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Congressional, military and community leaders are building their case to  convince the Air Force to halt its planned closure of the 9-11th Air Lift Wing and sharp reductions at the 171st Air National Guard in Pittsburgh.

Members of the Congressional delegation from southwestern Pennsylvania met today with representatives of Military Affairs Coalition of Pittsburgh and the Chamber of Commerce to update efforts to preserve the air bases.

The Air Force proposed shutting down the 9-11th base by September of next year as part of a plan to trim overall costs by $8.7 billion. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) says if they want to cut they should look to the $200 billion dollars  the  pentagon spends annually on outside consultants and contractors.

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