122nd Fighter Wing in Jeopardy Because of $500 Billion in Defense Cuts?

By Scott Sarvay
By Ryan Elijah
By Stephanie Parkinson

February 1, 2012 Updated Feb 1, 2012 at 7:22 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Announced at the beginning of the month, the U.S. Air Force was asked to reduce its budget at the request of President Barack Obama in his new military strategy plan.

Now the fate of the Air National Guard base in Fort Wayne is in question.

Unconfirmed reports say it may soon be seeing cuts as the Department of Defense trims its budget. An Air Force source told “The Military Times" three A-10 squadrons will be decommissioned, including Fort Wayne's.

Officials at the base say they're not taking these unconfirmed reports seriously right now. They tell Indiana's NewsCenter, Friday is the day they'll find out if any changes or cuts will be made but until then it is business as usual.

In 2010, the base began flying the A-10 Warthogs, which are described as "workhorses" in the War on Terror. According to this source the military plans to cut those in favor of F-35's.

"We've known for some time, going back at what we knew was going to happen to the DOD budget, so personnel are smart enough to think forward and look ahead and they know there are challenges out there that may impact us. Hopefully though, in the end, our goal is to remain a man fighter, hopefully an A-10," said Col. David L. Augustine, Indiana Air National Guard.

The base employees around 1,200 people and the majority of those people are part of the A-10 squadron.

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