Friday, May 27, 2005

News Sentinel | 05/27/2005 | Battle for unit getting snippy

Snippy?

Why yes, yes it is. Springfield needs the 183rd Fighter Wing. The unit pumps almost $45 million into the local economy every year. Not only that, how are aircraft from Fort Wayne going to be able scramble in time to protect the skies over Central Illinois? If an unknown aircraft needs to be intercepted over Springfield or Decatur, how long will it take to get aircraft from Indiana or Missouri? 30 minutes? An hour? Isn't that too long of a time? Wouldn't it be better to have a figher wing in the area that can provide overlapping air defense coverage?

You're right if you think that Springfielders are getting snippy over this. A loss of military protection and a hit to the city's business is a great reason to get snippy over this. I hope that Congressmen LaHood and Shimkus are doing everything they can to keep the 183rd alive.

As you can see in previous posts, I do have a personal stake in this. I also don't want to see my hometown lose its ability to contribute to the air defense of this nation, either. Sorry, citizens of Fort Wayne, but we'll have to fight you over this one.

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