Press Release

Loebsack Statement Regarding 132nd Fighter Wing Staffing Announcement by the Air Force

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Washington, March 6, 2012 | Joe Hand (202-225-6576) | comments
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the Air Force announced that the 132nd Fighter Wing in Des Moines would be cut by 492 positions, which is 39% of its personnel.  As the only member of the Iowa Delegation who sits on the Armed Services Committee, Loebsack has taken on the Air Force leadership regarding their proposal to retire the Iowa Air National Guard’s F-16s.  

“Today’s announcement is nothing short of appalling.  The Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing is one of the most experienced and best performing fighter wings in the Air Force.  In this time of economic hardship, I have called on the Air Force to fully explain how they would plan on supporting the men and women and the families of those whose jobs would be eliminated under their proposal.  I will continue to fight against any budget proposal that negatively affects the Iowa Air National Guard.”
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