Air National Guard http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Layoffs slated for local Air National Guard http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/layoffs-slated-local-air-national-guard <p>Hundreds of local Air National Guard jobs are on the chopping block as part of the Defense Department&rsquo;s plan to cut $500 billion over the next decade.</p><p>Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, chairman of the&nbsp;Seapower&nbsp;and Projection Forces Subcommittee, says more than 700 servicemen at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis and Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill. may lose their jobs by the end of the fiscal year.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:42:09 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3224 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Layoffs slated for local Air National Guard Scott AFB Ill. Air National Guard unit supports effort over Libya http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scott-afb-ill-air-national-guard-unit-supports-effort-over-libya <p>A unit of the <a href="http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/AirWeb/default.htm">Illinois Air National Guard</a> is joining the mission to maintain a no-fly zone over Libya.</p><p>The 126th Air Refueling Wing is based out of <a href="http://www.scott.af.mil/">Scott Air Force Base</a> in southwest Illinois. It refuels aircraft in mid-air at speeds of more than 500 mph.</p><p>The unit flies the KC-135R Stratotanker. That&#39;s the military version of the Boeing 707.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:51:38 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 767 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scott AFB Ill. Air National Guard unit supports effort over Libya