Last of the A-10s will soon depart BAFB

Last of the A-10s will soon depart BAFB

<p>The 917th Fighter Group at Barksdale Air Force Base will complete the transfer of its A-10 Thunderbolt II jet aircraft to other units next week.</p> <!--[endif]---->

The 917th Fighter Group at Barksdale Air Force Base will complete the transfer of its A-10 Thunderbolt II jet aircraft to other units next week.

On Monday, June 24 the last three A-10s assigned to the 47th Fighter Squadron will leave for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

A pre-reception for distinguished guests and former crew chiefs will begin at 9 a.m. in the A-10 Hangar with a brief ceremony on the ramp.

The final three transfers will be 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 September. This closing will take approximately 580 full and part time jobs from BAFB.


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