Posted: Feb 6, 2012 8:39 AM by AP
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - When Air Force officials cut almost 10,000 active, National Guard and Reserve airmen next year, the Delaware Air National Guard should fare better than other units around the country, according to the state's Guard chief.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala said this weekend he is confident that the Delaware Air Guard won't lose any of its eight C-130 aircraft as part of the cuts. That should mean the reduction at the 1,000-member base near New Castle, home to the Guard's 166th Airlift Wing, will not be severe.
The Pentagon has not given the Guard any specific numbers about the cuts, he said.
The Air Force says the cuts are part of a strategy to downsize and shift capabilities around the country.