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45th Fighter Squadron to rejoin A-10 community

Posted 12/30/2009   Updated 12/30/2009 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 011209

12/30/2009 - Barksdale Air Force Base, La. -- The United States Air Force plans to regain one of its A-10 Thunderbolt II units during a reactivation ceremony at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., on Jan 7, 2010 at 3 pm.

The reactivation of the 45th Fighter Squadron, by order of the Secretary of the Air Force Mr. Michael B. Donley, will put the unit under the command of the 917th Wing Operations Group at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

Col. Keith D. Schultz, the operations group deputy commander for the 917th WG, is scheduled as the presiding official for the ceremony.

Also in attendance will be Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner, commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Big. Gen. Robert S. Arthur, vice commander, 10th Air Force, and Col. Edmund D. Walker, commander, 917th Wing.

"I'm excited about the reactivation of the 45th FS mainly because my last interaction occurred while the A-10s were taken from the unit during a transitional phase," said Lt. Col. Terry W. McClain, commander, 45th FS at Davis-Monthan. "I'm excited because I can bring the 45th FS back into the A-10 community."

The reactivation of the 45th FS will occur in support of A-10 Formal Training Unit (FTU) training. The FTU will provide Initial Qualification in the A-10 as well as Transition, Instructor Pilot Upgrade and Senior Officer Course training.

For more information, call the 917th Wing Public Affairs Office at (318) 456-8145 or after hours at (318) 272-1859.

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