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WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator John Boozman issued the following statement following the announcement of structure adjustments to the Arkansas Air National Guard:

“Arkansas’s Air National Guard is a critical component to our state and to our national defense. These units have always stepped up to provide support for missions at home and abroad. I am concerned about the standards the Secretary of the Air Force used to make these decisions about the future Air Force structure in Arkansas. For example, by almost any criteria, the 188th always proves to be the most cost effective A-10 air base with a track record of success. This is a poor decision for Arkansas and our nation as a whole. While this proposal leaves a lot of unanswered questions, there is one thing I do know, the Arkansas Congressional delegation will fight to secure an enduring role for Arkansas’s Air Guard as a key part of the Air Force’s future structure and capabilities. We are writing to leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees asking for immediate hearings on these decisions and asking the Secretary of the Air Force for greater transparency regarding the methods used to make these determinations.”