Barksdale Profile : 917th Shutdown hits Airmen Hard

Published 04/05 2013 10:45AM

Updated 04/05 2013 10:48AM

Barksdale Air Force Base officials are preparing for the departure of three A-10 aircraft. The planes will be moving to a base in Arizona, and are the first visible signs of the 917th Fighter Group's upcoming shutdown. Officials say moving planes is one thing, finding jobs for the 500 or more airmen in this unit is another. And while the closure is hitting everyone hard, officials say it is especially difficult for military families who've spent several decades on Barksdale.

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