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Army helicopters may move to MacDill from St. Pete airport

Army helicopters may move to MacDill from St. Pete airport

TAMPA, Fla (TBO.com)- In a move that could bring more than $50 million of military construction to MacDill Air Force Base at a time of drastically reduced military spending, the Army wants to relocate two Army Reserve helicopter units from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

Relocating A and F Companies of the 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, would bring 23 UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and upward of 150 personnel to MacDill, creating jobs in Tampa and bolstering the base against efforts to close military installations, according to Rich McClain, executive director of the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance.

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