February 13, 2004

Relocation of 192nd Fighter Wing to Langley Air Force Base Explored

RICHMOND, 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. 

While 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.


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