Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Bredesen sues feds over guard unit

Gov. Phil Bredesen's administration will sue the federal government on the grounds of removing a Nashville-based National Guard unit without Bredesen's approval.

The lawsuit comes after the U.S. Department of Defense's decision to break up the 118th Air Lift Wing, which operates from the Nashville International Airport. The 118th's eight C-130 aircraft and about 700 personnel will be disbursed to Illinois, Texas and Kentucky. Bredesen said the state is suing because he feels the federal government has "overstepped its authority" in moving the 118th without his consent.

"Federal law clearly states that an Air National Guard unit cannot be relocated or withdrawn from a state without the consent or approval of the governor," Bredesen said.

(more at CityPaper link -- couldn't find this story on the Tennessean website. astounding.)

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