Mayor Henry Awaiting Word on Future of 122nd Fighter Wing

By Peter Ambrose

February 3, 2012 Updated Feb 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Commanders at the Air National Guard base are awaiting word on the future of the A-10 fighter jet squadron.

They expect the Defense Department to make an announcement this morning. A news conference is scheduled to be held at the base this afternoon.

Reports say the A-10 warthogs are in danger of being shut down due to federal budget cuts.

Ft. Wayne mayor Tom Henry issued a statement last night to talk about the need to keep the fighter squadron active.

"I met with some of the affected families in my home last night and have contacted the Office of U.S. Senator Coats to voice my concerns and to offer my strong support to Indiana’s federal delegation as they fight to retain the Fort Wayne Air National Guard base. I am also working closely with local leaders to preserve this exceptional regional asset. This is an issue of the utmost importance. The Air National Guard base and the men and women of the 122nd Fighter Wing are valuable to this community and to our country. We want to keep the base and all of the jobs it represents here for many years to come."

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