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Loebsack Questions Air Force Leadership on Proposal to Retire Iowa Air National Guard F16s

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Washington, February 28, 2012 | Joe Hand (202-225-6576) | comments
Congressman Dave Loebsack today questioned Michael Donley, the Secretary of the Air Force, and General Norton Schwartz, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, during a House Armed Services Committee hearing regarding the Air Force’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2013.  Loebsack used the hearing as an opportunity to push back against the proposal to retire the Des Moines based 124th Fighter Squadron, which flies F-16 Fighter Falcons.

“I am deeply concerned about the proposal to retire the Iowa National Guard 132nd Fighter Wing’s F-16s as well as the broader budget decisions impacting the Air National Guard,” said Loebsack.  “They have proven time and again that they are one of the most experienced, best performing fighter wings in the Air Force, maintaining a high degree of readiness for some of the lowest personnel, maintenance, and flying costs of all F-16 units.”

Click here to watch a video of the exchange.
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