Statement issued Wednesday by the Public Affairs Office of the Indiana National Guard:
INDIANAPOLIS – News sources reported that the Fort Wayne National Guard Airbase is part of the U.S. Air Force budgetary reduction plan to meet President Barack Obama's military strategy guidance and budgetary goals that were announced Jan. 5.
At this time, the Indiana National Guard has not received any official notification that the Fort Wayne Airbase will be part of the recommended cuts.
"We are actively engaged at both state and national level regarding the 122d Fighter Wing," said Major General R. Martin Umbarger. "The 122d Fighter Wing is an integral part of the Indiana National Guard. We plan to use every resource available to ensure we keep it that way."
The Indiana National Guard is working closely with elected officials and military leaders to ensure the Air National Guard Airbase in Fort Wayne retains its flying mission and continues to be a viable contributor to the nation's military defense strategy.
"The 122d Fighter Wing is a vital part of the Fort Wayne community. Our Airmen live in the community, volunteer in this community, and protect this community," said Colonel David L. Augustine, 122d Fighter Wing Commander. "The members of the 122d Fighter Wing remain focused on training and performing their mission for our state and nation both at home and abroad."
As recently as 2005, the airbase successfully fended off closure attempts resulting in the transition from F-16s to A-10s. Locally, the 122d Fighter Wing has an annual economic impact which exceeds $59 million dollars. The Indiana National Guard is committed to continuing the rich history of the 122d Fighter Wing and its relationship with the greater Fort Wayne community.