Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia,
announced the Virginia Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force are
exploring the possibility of consolidating the 192nd Fighter Wing
with Air Force units at Langley Air Force Base in the Hampton Roads
area. This effort would result in the relocation of the Richmond-based
192nd Fighter Wing to Langley Air Force Base.
it has had a presence at Richmond International Airport since 1947,
the need for the Virginia Air National Guard to remain a relevant,
ready contributor to the national defense effort has necessitated
this review. This consolidation would significantly improve
the likelihood that Virginia will retain the current mission and resources
of the 192nd Fighter Wing.
Many factors are being considered regarding the potential relocation
of the 192nd Fighter Wing including its impact on people, communities,
local economies, and the Virginia Air National Guard's ability to
successfully accomplish its mission. Members of the Virginia General
Assembly and Virginia's congressional delegation representing districts
affected by the proposed relocation were briefed earlier this week.
It is anticipated "town hall" style meetings will be conducted
by the Virginia National Guard in the near future to receive input
from citizens regarding this proposal. It is critical to gather
information to determine how this proposal will impact on the communities
affected by the relocation of the 192nd Fighter Wing.
In an effort to meet Department of Defense plans for reductions in
flying units, the Air National Guard may see a significant reduction
in the number of flying squadrons throughout the country. The
possible relocation of the 192nd Fighter Wing to Langley Air Force
Base supports this plan for reduced infrastructure, takes advantage
of the 192nd Fighter Wing's proximity to Langley Air Force Base, and
provides the Virginia Air National Guard a relevant mission in support
of this nation's defense effort for the next thirty years. This
potential move would result in the retention of almost 1,000 full
time and part time positions and the opportunities for growth of the
Virginia Air National Guard.