Saturday, May 14, 2005

Bad News for the 183rd

The SJ-R reports that the Springfield-based Air National Guard 183rd Fighter Brigade will lose its F-16 jets and 163 employee positions in a realignment. Certainly bad news for those in the Guard and for the city. The SJ-R and other local media, in particular WMAY's Jim Leach, deserve credit for the extensive coverage that they've given this story since it became known that the local unit was in jeopardy.

Apparently, once these decisions are made they're likely to be carried out. A host of state politicos are vowing to fight to reverse it nonetheless. I'm sure the governor's PR people are licking their chops. Maybe Obama can trade in on some of his national appeal and a congressional vote or two to make something happen.

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