Tackett said the bridge funding issue "has been taken to the top levels of state government," and that he is confident Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will come up with a plan to finance the span. "I think he will make a decision in the near future," he said.
In other military matters, Col. John Ryan, vice commander of the 130th, told board members that his Air National Guard unit is hosting a training exercise in July involving aircraft from five states and airports and drop zones in five West Virginia counties.
Operation Sentry Storm will involve A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft, RC-26 surveillance and reconnaissance planes, and C-5 Galaxy and C-130 transport aircraft.
Airports in Mingo and Logan counties, in addition to Yeager and Beckley's Raleigh County Memorial Airport will be involved in the exercise, which will involve, among other things, low-altitude navigation and terrain-masking training.
Ryan said West Virginia is one of the few states in the nation with virtually all its airspace designated as open for low-altitude military flight training, making possible training runs as low as 300 feet above ground level in rural areas.
The state's abundance of challenging low-level flying terrain, the new National Guard drop zone at Fola, along the Clay-Nicholas border, and the development of an unpaved "assault" landing strip now underway at a reclaimed surface mine will all help "bring more people to West Virginia for training," Ryan said.
• R. Edison Hill was re-elected chairman of Yeager's governing board and Norman W. "Trip" Shumate III, president of Charleston Newspapers, was tapped to fill the vice president's post formerly held by James E. Foster, who recently moved to Florida. H.B. Wehrle III was re-elected secretary-treasurer and Priscilla Haden was elected assistant secretary-treasurer.
Other board members, according to the airport's website, include Karen Haddad, Gregory Tucker, David Hill, Charles Jones, Hoppy Shores and Harold Carter.
• Former Charleston Gazette design editor Bob Lynn presented the board with a series of sketches he made of the airport as it appeared while under construction in the late 1940s. At that time, Lynn was a student at Charleston's Lincoln Junior High School.
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