Counter Plan Calls for F-16 Return to 188th

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A return of the F-16 fighter jet to the 188th in Fort Smith is a new possibility that has emerged in the ever-changing landscape of Air Force cuts and mission changes.

The U.S. Air Force released a plan Wednesday (Mar. 7) that provides more detail on significant personnel and equipment changes, but Lt. Col. Keith Moore, a public affairs officer with the Arkansas National Guard, says that plan could see “dramatic changes.”

One of those dramatic changes could could be the F-16 fighter jet returning to the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith. The fast-moving fighter was replaced with the slower ground-support A-10 jet following the 2005 BRAC process. Click here to read the full story from our partners at