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Feb 18, 2013 3:36 PM by AP News

47th Fighter Squadron at Barksdale to shut down

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Sometime before October, the 47th Fighter Squadron will be gone from Barksdale Air Force Base.

The Times reports that the Air Force Reserve squadron's 24 airplanes and most of its pilots and personnel could be at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Ariz., as early as late August.

Col. John Breazeale is commander of the 917th Fighter Group that controls the 47th Fighter Squadron and is scheduled to shut down. He says some of the 580 people already have left.

He says some personnel will remain at Barksdale to fill open slots in available at the Air Force Reserve's 307th Bomb Wing.

The 917th Fighter Group had 409 part-time reservists and 171 full-time technicians when the cuts were announced in March 2012.

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