Air National Guard

Air National Guard
3:42 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Layoffs slated for local Air National Guard

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill.
(via Wikimedia Commons / SSGTCHADRGANN)

Hundreds of local Air National Guard jobs are on the chopping block as part of the Defense Department’s plan to cut $500 billion over the next decade.

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, chairman of the Seapower 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.

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Scott Air Force Base
11:51 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Scott AFB Ill. Air National Guard unit supports effort over Libya

The Belleville Gate entrance to Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, Ill.
(via Wikimedia commons/SSGT CHAD R. GANN, USAF)

A unit of the Illinois Air National Guard is joining the mission to maintain a no-fly zone over Libya.

The 126th Air Refueling Wing is based out of Scott Air Force Base in southwest Illinois. It refuels aircraft in mid-air at speeds of more than 500 mph.

The unit flies the KC-135R Stratotanker. That's the military version of the Boeing 707.