Today the last three A-10s assigned to the 47th Fighter Squadron are leaving for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
A pre-reception and ceremony was held earlier for distinguished guests and former crew chiefs in the A-10 Hangar.
The final three transfers are aircraft, 79-0153, piloted by Col. John Breazeale, Commander, 917th Fighter Group, 79-0154, piloted by Major Mark Wendrock, and 79-0146, piloted by Capt. Taylor Petty, both from the 47th Fighter Squadron.
In addition to the loss of aircraft, the recent Force Structure Action Implementation Plan inactivates the 917 FG and the 47th Fighter Squadron at Barksdale which will take place the end of Sept. This closing will take approximately 580 full and part time jobs from BAFB.