Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and U.S. Representative Jim Banks (IN-03) hosted a roundtable in Fort Wayne for federal officials to meet with state and local stakeholders to discuss the long-term future of the 122nd Fighter Wing (FW) and the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base. During the meeting, they discussed a collaborative plan to ensure the strongest possible future for the 122nd, including the wing’s current and potential future missions, opportunities for federal, state, and local action, and priorities for stakeholder advocacy.
Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “My goal in convening this meeting was to talk about how we can all work together to ensure the strongest possible future for the 122nd Fighter Wing, the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, and our incredible Hoosier Airmen. I was proud to work with Congressman Banks to bring this group together so that we have the 122nd’s back every step of the way.”
Banks, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said, “This morning’s gathering of leaders from federal, state and local levels demonstrates the incredibly strong support that Hoosiers have for our Guardsmen. I will continue to collaborate with Senator Joe Donnelly and leaders across northeast Indiana to ensure that the 122nd Fighter Wing remains the premier fighter wing of our Air National Guard.”
Major General Courtney Carr , Adjutant General of Indiana, said, "The airmen of the 122nd are proven as the premier A-10C Fighter Wing in the Combat Air Force. While the Blacksnakes are postured for transition to the next generation of fighter aircraft, the airmen continue to be focused on protecting this great state, nation and its fine citizens with integrity, excellence and professionalism."
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said, “I want to thank Senator Donnelly and Representative Banks for leading today’s convening as we work together to make a meaningful difference in our community and region. The 122nd Fighter Wing and Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base are valued partners providing essential services. It’s critical that we continue to make investments and collaborate at the local, state and federal levels to ensure a successful future for the men and women serving our country.”
Colonel Pat Renwick, Wing Commander 122nd FW, said, "As an operational command, we are prepared to accomplish any mission directed to us by our commanders. We feel fortunate to work toward a common action plan for the base, with various stakeholders contributing through their unique roles, knowledge and assets."