Rep. Banks Secures A-10, F-16 Transition at 122nd Fighter Wing in FY23 NDAA
Washington, June 22, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Chairman’s mark of the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included language retiring 21 A-10 aircrafts at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base and replacing them with F-16 aircrafts.
Said Chairman Banks, “As the only Member of Congress from Indiana on the Armed Services Committee in the House or the Senate, facilitating the transition from A-10s to F-16s at the 122nd Fighter Wing has been one of my top priorities since I first arrived to Capitol Hill. This is great news for Fort Wayne and provides certainty that the 122nd Fighter Wing will remain operational for a long time to come.
Additionally, with our allies in Slovakia set to receive a fleet of F-16s in 2024, this transition will continue to strengthen the Indiana–Slovakia National Guard Partnership. I want to thank Republican Ranking Member Mike Rogers for working with me to secure this important amendment.”
Background: Rep. Jim Banks met with Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall earlier this year to discuss the A-10 to F-16 transition and the important role Fort Wayne plays for the USAF.