Iowa Air Guard May Keep F-16s

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

A plan by a nation's governors group would keep F-16 fighter jets at the Des Moines-based Air National Guard unit.

The plan has been submitted to the U.S. Air Force by President Barack Obama's Council of Governors, which is co-chaired by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

The group has "significant concerns" about proposed defense spending cuts that would place the burden of Air Force reductions on the Air National Guard.

The Air Force has proposed a reduction of 5,500 guard personnel nationwide. The council proposes a reduction of 2,000. It also proposes a reduction of more active-duty personnel.

The council says the number of guard wings wouldn't change from the planned 2013 budget. But its proposal includes a "buyback," including the unit in Des Moines.

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