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D-M retires 38 A-10s, gains 41 more
Members of the 355th Fighter Wing A-10 Divestiture Team transport an A-10C Thunderbolt II jet aircraft to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 8, 2013. The aircraft is being retired to make room for incoming aircraft from other bases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier/released)
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D-M retires 38 A-10s, gains 41 more

Posted 4/11/2013   Updated 4/11/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

4/11/2013 - DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The 355th Fighter Wing began retiring 38 A-10 Thunderbolt II jet aircraft to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group here, April 8.

The Wing began transferring A-10s in order to receive 41 A-10s from multiple bases during the next few months. The first group of aircraft arrived from Barksdale AFB, La., April 9.

The 355th FW is scheduled to receive A-10s from various bases around the world to include Barksdale AFB, La., Whiteman AFB, Mo., Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and Osan Air Base, Korea.

"The change comes from budget cuts in Congress," said Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th FW A-10 Divestiture Team superintendent. "Congress looked at all the A-10s in the fleet and decided which ones to get rid of based on the number of hours on the plane, body condition and flying ability."

The A-10 Divestiture Team is a conglomerate of aircraft maintainers, from multiple Air Force specialty codes, that formed to accomplish these transfers and retirements more effectively, while minimizing impact to the Wing's flying mission.

"Not all of the A-10s being stationed here will be active duty," Molineaux said. "One of the active duty training units is scheduled to transfer over to a Reserve unit sometime in the future. The jets will be spread out through all the squadrons."

With the transfer of planes, there will be a lot more work for the maintainers. With one of the units converting over to Reserve, there will be less active duty personnel stationed here to work on the A-10s.

"While the process of retiring and accepting aircraft certainly isn't a new one, each airframe presents unique challenges," Molineaux said. "Fortunately, we have some of the Air Force's best and brightest aircraft maintainers here in the 355th Maintenance Group, who have repeatedly proven that no challenge is too great."

4/11/2013 7:32:20 PM ET
Have being an A-10 crew chief for 6 years 2A3X3J I must say the Air Force A10 world has been the best and most rewarding career I will ever have in my entire life and promote friends and family to pursue the Air Force as an excellent and rewarding career The Air Force and the A10 are still my home and I miss the military alot Much gratitude and respect has taught me a solid secure foundation Too all the booger hookers out there be safe and be strong for our country God Bless and Godspeed to all
Geoffroi Smits, Alaska
4/10/2013 7:17:12 PM ET
Good read. not to mention the A-10 is one of my favorite planes short of the B1-B. I am not looking forward to the day that they retire these jets
Spc Pasto, Idaho
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