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The Post-Warthog Plan

—Brian Everstine

The Air Force is adjusting its original plan for replacing Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve A-10s after several failed attempts to divest the fleet. A new Force Structure Action plan based on the Fiscal 2017 budget request details what Guard and Reserve units will fly once they lose their A-10s. USAF now plans to begin replacing the venerable Warthogs on a "squadron-by-squadron" basis in Fiscal 2018. The final aircraft is slated to retire in 2022 after the F-35 comes on line. For example, in 2018, the Reserve A-10 unit at Whiteman AFB, Mo., and the Guard unit at Fort Wayne ANGS, Ind., will both transfer to F-16s. In 2020, the unit at Martin State Airport in Maryland will lose 21 A-10s and gain eight C-130s. In 2021, Selfridge ANGB, Mich., will lose 21 A-10s and gain 8 KC-135s, while the unit at Gowen Field, Idaho, will lose 21 A-10s and gain 20 F-15Cs. The operational A-10 unit at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., will lose 25 Warthogs in Fiscal 2019 and will gain 21 F-16s the same year. The training units assigned to the base will be disbanded in Fiscal 2020 and 2021, losing a total of 58 A-10s, according to the plan. The Air Force will replace the units assigned to the Guard and Reserve, but there are currently no plans to replace Active Duty A-10 units. However, there is still time to come up with follow-on missions for the Active Duty if necessary, said Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements. Active Duty A-10s are stationed at Davis-Monthan; Nellis AFB, Nev.; Moody AFB, Ga.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; and Osan AB, South Korea.

Screenshot of the Air Force's new Force Structure Action plan for replacing Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve A-10 aircraft.

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Interesting

AK ANG to lose H's get C-17's, NC ANG to lose H's get C-17's, AFRC Pitt 5to lose H's get C-17's, Niagara to lose H's get C-17's.

Baltimore to lose A-10's get H's. DM to lose 6 EC-H's

And more,

Bob

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I wonder, with Alaska going to C-17s how will the DEW line sites be supported? Contractors or will it be like a Coronet Oak-type rotation? 

With Charlotte going C-17, will there be another MAFFS unit?

And all the "extra" Herks.... I would assume they would be distributed so that newer airplanes replace older?

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Do we still have a DEW line?

Very likely some other unit will pick up the MAFFS commitment.

It looks like all the H's through at least the 82 models are going to DM for beer cans and the freed up herks will go to replace them.

Bob

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Perhaps a contractor like Lynden will be taking over DEW line duties if they haven't already.

I thought they had discussed it a while back and were considering a Delta Squadron-type rotation. Problem with that being that a lot of those sites (I think) are special qual. 

I had forgotten about Wyoming being a MAFFS unit. 

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The HC-130N's will stay with the AK ANG and support the HH-60's. Only the slicks are going to C-17's.

Bob

Hard to do another  Delta type SQ unless it is the ANG or AFRES since I think there are only four AMC Herk squadrons left in the States, 2 at LRF and 2 at DYS?

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