Air Force chief to visit 188th in Fort Smith

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Associated Press

Posted on December 29, 2012 at 5:00 AM

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Air Force's chief of staff is to visit the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith as a portion of the base's mission is slated for closure under a defense spending bill.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III on Thursday told the state's Senate delegation that he wanted to visit the unit before a final decision is reached on its future.

The Southwest Times Record reports (http://is.gd/bLKgN7 ) that Arkansas Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor had both urged Welsh to have a look at the base before taking part of it out of service.

The base flies A-10 jets, which are known for their ability to attack enemy tanks.

A date for the visit will be set later.

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Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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