Along with Congressman Gregg Harper, Lieutenant General Bud Wyatt, the Director of Air National Guard Pentagon Washington D.C. was also in Meridian visiting in the field.
"I've been trying to get to Key Field, Meridian, Missisippi for a long time now. I picked the coldest time of the year to come down, but I tell you what, I'm very impressed with the wing and the missions that are going on here and the new missions that we have coming into this location," says LIeutenant General Wyatt.
Congressman Harper is trying to showcase Meridian's Key Field as the right place for the C-27 flying training. He says that decision will be made in the next thirty to forty-five days.
"There's no place better than here than that. They've earned it. They've already proven that they can do it from scratch with the MC-12, so you don't have to wonder if some place can do it. They've already proven it. And this is the best place," encourages Congressman Harper.
Congressman Harper has a positive outlook for Key Field. He believes the base along with other factors make it a strong location for the training.
"This is something, you can see it's not just about the base. When you do the scoring, that they do, no place comes out better than Key Field; no encroachment issues, great blue suit maintainers, and great community support. It is the place that needs this," says Congressman Harper.
It appears Key Field also made a positive impression on Lieutenant General Wyatt. He says from his first glance at the base, he knew the facilities were in good condition.
"When you pull onto the ramp, you immediately notice the great facilities. I think some of the leadership within the state and your congressional delegation, both past and current, is evident when you take a look at the facilities here," says Lieutenant General Wyatt.
What impressed Lieutenant General Wyatt even more were the people working at Meridian's Key Field.
"Then as you make your way around the base you get to meet the people and you get to talk to them a little bit about whatever their job skill happens to be, their dedication, and their professionalism. That's what really impresses me about Key Field."