Boozman wants to freeze Air Force on 188th

WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) -- U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., called Thursday for the Senate to block the Air Force from shifting mission assignments within the Air National Guard during this fiscal year.

Boozman wants the Senate to include such a prohibition in a defense authorization bill that could come up for a vote in the next month. The measure, he said, would make certain that the Arkansas National Guard's 188th Fighter Wing based in Fort Smith would retain its A-10 jet mission.

"They shouldn't do anything now," he said. "I would like them to form a group that studies this issue and comes back with recommendations on what is correct to do. Without the facts, how are we supposed to know what is best for Arkansas and for the country?"

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