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Training mission may come to Kansas Guard

February 10, 2006

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— Two members of the state's congressional delegation said Thursday that the Air Force intends to transfer a fighter training squadron from a base in Georgia to a Kansas Air National Guard wing at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.

The plans, announced jointly by Republicans Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Todd Tiahrt, would transfer at least one squadron of T-38 fighter trainers to the Kansas Air National Guard. The mission continues the tradition of the "Flying Jayhawks" of the 184th Air Refueling Wing, which previously was a fighter and bomber wing.

The move would mean Kansas National Guard airmen would continue to fly. Under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, the 184th was to transfer its squadron of KC135 tankers to the 190th Air Refueling Wing in Topeka. The Air National Guard would continue with other missions at McConnell, including intelligence and network security.

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