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The 188th Flying Razorbacks are in danger of losing the A-10 Warthogs, up to 1,000 Fort Smith area jobs, and an annual economic impact to the community of approximately $150 million. Learn More »Why Should I Care?
Why Should I Care?
The 188th Fighter Wing, home to the Flying Razorbacks, is among the most cost-effective fighter units in the nation, according to a number of objective metrics.
The 188th Fighter Wing’s training areas, including airspace and range, are the best in the nation on almost every measurement conceived.
The 188th has joint operability with joint forces and special operations teams from multiple branches of the military training at Ft. Chaffee year round.
The 188th Fighter Wing is uniquely qualified to fill the Secretary of Defense’s vision of the future force.
For the third time in five years, the men and women of the 188th FW community are deploying to combat. This is the second time they’ll be deploying, not knowing if they will have jobs when they return due to this slated closure. Our troops and our families deserve to know they will have their Fighter Wing to return to after serving in combat.
The 188th FW is responsible for over $150 million in annual economic impact to western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Up to 1,000 jobs at the Fort Smith, AR based 188th FW are in jeopardy, plus hundreds or thousands more community-based jobs that rely on the economic contribution of the base for their businesses
Who are the 188th FW Flying Razorbacks?
The Flying Razorbacks are the military and civilian men and women who serve in the 188th Fighter Wing, Arkansas Air National Guard. Based in Fort Smith, Arkansas, they fly and maintain the A-10s serving on the front lines of our nation's defense.
The 188th is made up of people in hundreds of jobs, such as pilots, aircraft mechanics, vehicle mechanics, doctors, nurses, weapons specialists, fire fighters, police officers, intelligence analysts, cooks, lawyers, chaplains, photographers, engineers, accountants, recruiters, administrative specialists, and many, many more.
The approximately 1,000 men and women come from all walks of life. They are your neighbors. Many live in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, but others come from all over the nation to serve their country as a Flying Razorback!
Post a message of support to the members of the 188th FW, as they prepare to deploy later this year, amidst uncertainty about their future careers with the 188th FW.