Funding Woes Not Stopping Recruitment at Air Base

By Stephanie Parkinson

August 28, 2012 Updated Aug 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The 122nd Fighter Wing is still facing funding challenges, but it's not slowing their recruitment efforts.

The base is a big part of the northeast Indiana community. Now, a new PSA is showing people across the area what's being done at the base each day.

"Hopefully it brings the excitement of this mission to the community," said Col. David Augustine, 122nd Fighter Wing Commander.

The future of the 122nd is still in question. Stripping the base of its fighter jets has been proposed by The Department of Defense as they work to trim their budget, but no final decision has been made.

"The biggest message that I was trying to do with this was, and Col. Augustine who hired me to do it, was really trying to get the message out about what these fighter pilots and the crew members, and everybody at the base, what they really do," said Michael B. Chait, director.

"You can get a feel and a zest of what an A-10 is, like flying it and the thrill of that and really what the A-10 mission brings here in the local area," said Col. Augustine.

Col. Augustine says the main goal of the new PSA, and others they've made in the past, is to recruit new members of the military.

"I hope it puts inspiration in their soul to come out here and join the 122nd Fighter Wing, but I think for ages young and old, you find something in this public service announcement that will probably grab your interest and get you a little closer to the 122nd Fighter Wing," said Col. Augustine.

As part of their recruitment efforts the base creates a new PSA every few years. This PSA cost just under $7,000. It’s an amount officials at the base say is typically for this type of project.

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