So, the 183rd stays but with fewer personnel? Does that mean fewer planes?
The Pentagon has recommended the 183rd Fighter Wing at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, the Rock Island Army Arsenel and Great Lakes Naval Station be realigned with a net loss of jobs, while proposing to add jobs at the Greater Peoria Regional Airport Guard base and Scott Air Force Base in Belleville.
The Springfield base would lose 30 military and 133 civilian positions for a total loss of 163 positions.
UPDATE: Crap, it looks like the 183rd may, in effect, be moving to Ft. Wayne, IN. Marie has more.
UPDATE II: WTAX has this report on their site:
UPDATE III: WMAY is reporting one of the reasons given for moving the 183rd is that Springfield is "militarily insignificant". I guess Ft. Wayne is significant because it has "Fort" in it's name?
Springfield's Air National Guard unit is losing its planes and close to 270 jobs under the latest BRAC recommendations.
The report calls to move the planes to Ft. Wayne Indiana.
Mayor Time Davlin says it's not all bad, we could have been closed down. Springfield's Congressmen says it's bittersweet, but just the first step.
UPDATE IV: WTAX has more:
UPDATE V: Meanwhile at 1:43 pm WICS still has this as their lead item on their web site:
The BRAC Comission says the base at Ft. Wayne has a better record of recruitment. It's still unclear what will stay at the 183rd base if the planes leave; the city and the Guard says they don't know yet. There are no changes expected before October.
The guard unit in Springfield may become a repair station. [Mayor Tim Davlin] says it's still too soon to know how the changes will help or hurt the city, and our economy. Davlin hopes to know more in the next few weeks or months.
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