Full Up in Arkansas

The Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing has received the last two of its newly acquired A-10 Warthogs, reports the Times Record. Once on the BRAC 2005 hit list, the unit has transitioned from F-16s to A-10s, receiving its first Hogs last spring. Wing commander Col. Kevin Wear told the newspaper that the unit’s pilots are all through their basic A-10 qualification training and progressing with more advanced training. Meanwhile, the Air Guard maintainers are acquiring expertise in A-10 maintenance, which, according to CMSgt. Mike Lensing, 188th FW aircraft superintendent, require more work than the unit’s previous F-16s. The 188th FW’s A-10s are slated for avionics and precision weapon upgrades before the unit deploys in early 2010.