The Wichita Eagle reports that the Kansas lawmakers who said earlier this year that the Air National Guard at McConnell AFB, Kan., was in line to get a squadron of T-38s to perform a fighter training mission now say the Air Force has put the move under study. ANG’s 184th Air Refueling Wing at McConnell is slated to lose its KC-135 tankers to another Kansas ANG unit under BRAC 2005. Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R) are pursuing other options, says the newspaper.
After a long period in which munitions were almost an afterthought and sacrificed to pay for other priorities, the Air Force needs to focus on them in order to have the right “package” of capabilities for future conflicts, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said June 7.