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TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's proposed spending plan has put the future of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base up in the air.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1fL25bD ) Hagel's announcement Monday to shrink the Army and reshape forces includes a proposal to retire the Air Force's fleet of A-10 "Warthog" tank-killer planes.

The Tucson base has been the training ground for A-10 fighter pilots since 1976 and is considered the primary mission.

Defense officials say the move could mean an estimated savings of $3.5 billion over five years.

Leaders in Tucson's political and business communities have lobbied Congress to block the fleet's grounding.

Lt. Erin Ranaweera, Davis-Monthan spokeswoman, says personnel are awaiting a final decision from the Pentagon which may not come until fall.

 

Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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