LoBiondo Pleased 177th Training Area Will Re-Open

A staunch advocate for the readiness of our Armed Services, U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) was pleased by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine?s announcement that he would be allowing the National Guard?s 177th Fighter Wing to again resume training missions on Warren Grove Gunnery Range. The facility is the primary training range for the 177th Fighter Wing out of Egg Harbor Township.

?Today?s decision by the Governor is not only the right decision for the National Guard, but for the defense of our nation. As I have repeatedly said, the Warren Grove facility is a critical component of the readiness of 177th Fighter Wing and other units who train there. The indefinite closure of the facility would continue to jeopardize the vital training our servicemen and women need to ensure success in their mission,? said Congressman LoBiondo. ?I am pleased the Governor has finally reviewed and enacted the recommendations of the comprehensive safety plan, and made the decision to allow the 177th to use Warren Grove.?

LoBiondo, who sits on the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, has previously petitioned Governor Corzine on three occasions to re-open the facility since it was closed by a May 2007 fire that was sparked by a dropped flare. The Governor has had the completed comprehensive safety plan and its recommendations since July 2007.

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