FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base will be receiving new aircraft, according to a press release from Representative Jim Banks.

The base’s 21 A-10 aircraft are being retired and replaced by F-16 aircraft.

“As the only Member of Congress from Indiana on the Armed Services Committee in the House or the Senate, facilitating the transition from A-10s to F-16s at the 122nd Fighter Wing has been one of my top priorities since I first arrived to Capitol Hill.” said Rep. Banks.

“This is great news for Fort Wayne and provides certainty that the 122nd Fighter Wing will remain operational for a long time to come. Additionally, with our allies in Slovakia set to receive a fleet of F-16s in 2024, this transition will continue to strengthen the Indiana–Slovakia National Guard Partnership. I want to thank Republican Ranking Member Mike Rogers for working with me to secure this important amendment.”

The 122nd Fighter Wing issued the following statement:

The 122nd Fighter Wing is excited for the potential to bring back the F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The Wing had incredible opportunities to serve our country at home and abroad while flying the F-16.  These opportunities included being one of the first American units deployed after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as deployments to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Qatar, and many more areas.  While deployed, our Airmen flew close air support, time sensitive targeting and surveillance missions with the F-16.  As an award winning unit, the Airmen of the 122nd Fighter Wing stand ready and willing to take on any mission set assigned to the unit, to include the F-16 Fighting Falcon.