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Bill passes to keep A-10s at BAFB


A bill has been passed to stop the proposed cuts to the A-10s at the Barksdale Air Force Base.

Senator David Vitter says the Senate Armed Services Committee passed the amendments. Vitter says the amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 would save the A-10 Wart Hog from removed from BAFB and provide future modernizations to B-52 systems."These are huge priorities for Louisiana, and I've been unconvinced that the Air Force couldn't move forward without making cuts to A-10's at Barksdale," says Vitter. "I'm very pleased the rest of the committee agreed to my amendment that supports maintaining and increasing Barksdale's capabilities."

The bill also proposes bringing back a second nuclear weapons storage at BAFB which could bring 500 new positions to the base.

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