A small gathering assembled on the flightline at the 188th Fighter Wing’s Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Fort Smith, Ark., Sept. 10 to watch the first two A-10C Thunderbolt II “Warthogs” depart the base. The planes were transferred to the 75th Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., signaling the beginning of the end for the 188th’s fighter mission. The 188th will lose two Warthogs a month until the last two leave in June 2014. The 188th is in the beginning stages of converting from A-10s to an Intelligence and remotely piloted aircraft mission. The mission, which will feature the MQ-9 Reaper, will also boast the Air National Guard’s only space-focused targeting squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Josh Lewis/188th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
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