(March 11, 2014) The Air Force's plan to retire all A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft would impact four Air National Guard wings, but those wings would receive a new flying mission.
Air Force documents released Monday show that the Guard units would not lose positions when the A-10s disappear over the next five years.
The Guard flies 107 of the aircraft assigned to the 124th Fighter Wing at Gowen Field Air National Guard Base in Idaho, the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan, the 175th Wing at Martin State Airport in Maryland and the 122nd Fighter Wing at Fort Wayne International Airport in Indiana.
According to the Air Force, the Idaho unit would form a classic association wing next year with an active-component unit at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Boise, Idaho, that flies F-15E aircraft. In 2017, the Michigan unit would begin flying KC-135s.
The Maryland wing would fly C-130Js beginning in 2018. The Indiana wing would fly F-16s beginning in 2019.
A change to Air Force wing structure that would reduce primary aircraft at F-15 Eagle units from 18 to 15 would impact Air Guard wings. Oregon would lose 15 aircraft in 2016. Wings in California, Massachusetts, Florida and Louisiana each would lose three F-15C Eagles the same year.
Also, Air Guard units in Arizona, California, North Dakota and Texas would switch from the MQ-1 Predator to MQ-9 Reapers between 2015 and 2017. NGAUS opposes the divestiture of the aircraft.