Proposal would store A-10s threatened with retirement - Tucson News Now

Proposal would store A-10s threatened with retirement

Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the primary training base for A-10 pilots. Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the primary training base for A-10 pilots.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Military missions that bring jobs and money to southern Arizona could be saved by lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are in a marathon session to hammer out a new defense budget.

The House Armed Services Committee is crafting a $601 billion spending package that will include many changes from the Pentagon's original proposal.

One change would force the military to keep A-10 attack jets in storage rather than retire the fleet.

The Air Force has proposed retiring the entire fleet of A-10s starting as soon as next year.

Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the primary training base for A-10 pilots and could lose more than 80 aircraft.

The House plan could also help an Arizona National Guard unit northwest of Tucson.

An amendment would block the transfer of Apache helicopters from the Silverbell Army heliport in Marana to active duty Army service. Also included in the transfer would be hundreds of soldiers, including pilots, mechanics, technicians, and other ground support personnel.

Stay with Tucson News Now for updates on this story as negotiations continue.

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