Wyo. Air Guard Will Lose Personnel And Aircraft In Proposed Budget

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing will
lose approximately 210 airmen and four aircraft from their active duty
associate unit sometime after October of this year. 

The 30th Airlift Squadron (AS), an attached active duty Air Force unit,
association with the Air Guard will be closed due to the President's 2015
budget proposal.

"I express my deepest disappointment and concern for the loss of the 30th
Airlift Squadron," said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, the Adjutant General of the
Wyoming National Guard. "Not only will we lose aircraft to this downsizing,
but we will also lose the skilled airmen who either operate or support that
mission."

Currently, the 30th AS works closely with the 153rd Airlift Wing, of the
Wyoming Air National Guard. In an active association, this allows the active
duty unit to train and work alongside the guard unit. This relationship
allows the Guard to man its full complement of aircraft and maintain a high
level of readiness in the event of federal missions. 

Both units operate C-130H Hercules aircraft; therefore the active duty unit
has technical and operational compatibility with the Wyoming Air Guard unit.

Several other states have active associations like Wyoming. The 30th AS has
been associated with the 153rd AW since 2006.

"The 30th Airlift Squadron is a vital component to our national defense and
has made the Wyoming Air National guard stronger by its presence," Reiner
said. "Our relationship with the 30th AS is very strong and we don't want to
lose them. We will work to mitigate the effects of this decision." 

Plans for reassigning the airmen in the 30th AS is still developing and no
information is available at this time.
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