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Air Force cuts will impact 492 positions in Des Moines


Federal cuts in the Air Force mean 492 positions will be cut from the 132nd Fighter Wing in Des Moines.  That's 39 percent of its personnel. As of Tuesday night,  these are still recommendations given to the Iowa Air National Guard.

The Iowa National Guard will host a press conference on March 7th to address the effects of the proposed cuts

There are also recommendations to retire 21 F-16's in Des Moines.

In a statement, Democratic congressman Dave Loebsack said, "Today's announcement is nothing short of appalling. The Iowa Air National Guard's 132nd Fighter Wing is one of the most experienced and best performing fighter wings in the Air Force. In this time of economic hardship, I have called on the Air Force to fully explain how they would plan on supporting the men and women and the families of those whose jobs would be eliminated under their proposal. I will continue to fight against any budget proposal that negatively affects the Iowa Air National Guard."

Republican Senator Charles Grassley had this to say: "Reversing this decision will take a concerted effort by National Guard advocates in Congress. So far, the effort has been significant, and there will be an opportunity to determine a different outcome when annual legislation to authorize defense spending is considered later this year."

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