Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) say that the Air Force has agreed to transfer a squadron of T-38 training fighters to the Kansas Air National Guard wing at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. Under BRAC 2005, the 184th Air Refueling Wing must transfer its KC-135 tankers to another Kansas Air Guard unit, the 190th ARW in Topeka. Gaining a new flying mission is a real coup, one that the two lawmakers say they “worked tirelessly” to achieve. There was no indication of exactly what the 184th’s new mission would entail, but the unit has a long history of flying fighters. Roberts and Tiahrt said USAF would transfer the T-38s from Moody AFB, Ga., where they are assigned to Air Education and Training Command’s 479th Flying Training Group, but they did not speculate on a date.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.