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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The governor's support could be important to the local economy because it looks like there's going to be another fight over the fate of a crucial warplane.

The Pentagon is renewing its commitment to retiring the Air Force's A-10 ground attack aircraft.

Congress rejected the 2014 Pentagon push to retire the A-10, and now the Air National Guard A-10 units are seeing action in the fight against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

But Defense Department Spokesman Admiral John Kirby told a Pentagon news conference that the fact that the A-10 is flying combat missions will not alter the Department of Defense's stance on retiring the A-10.

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is the primary training site for A-10 pilots and has about 80 of the planes.

Arizona Sen. John McCain is the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He recently said the A-10 would be part of the Air Force inventory for years to come.

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