The 23rd Fighter Group, currently based at Pope AFB, N.C., soon will begin sending group personnel to Moody AFB, Ga., to prepare for the transfer of the unit’s personnel and equipment there, according to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. An officer and three sergeants will moved to the Georgia base to set conditions for the move, coordinating between the two installations and checking on hangars and training ranges. Approximately 1,000 personnel and 36 aircraft are slated to move. The aircraft will begin arriving at Moody in October 2007.
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.