Biloxi officials say they aren't giving up Keesler’s C-130Js without a fight. Tuesday night, the Biloxi City Council called on the Department of Defense to recognize the important role the C-130Js play at Keesler. The council argues that Keesler is a leading center for C-130J training, and if the planes are moved away from Keesler, it would negatively affect national security. Also, the council argues the C-130Js are important for the local economy.
Kenny Glavan, Biloxi Councilman for Ward 6, says, “You know, I think the big story is it’s gonna’ be very expensive to move them for the federal government alone, and we’ve shown a competency here. Our tactical mission is very sound, and I think Biloxi is the place to keep them.” In 2013, Keesler Air Force Base had an economic impact of $1 billion for the Gulf Coast.