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Gen. Mark Welsh Sees A-10 Retirement as Right Move Amid Budget Uncertainty

Gen. Mark Welsh
Gen. Mark Welsh

The U.S. Air Force will continue to push for the retirement of its A-10 attack fleet to preserve budget for the service’s priority aircraft programs, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

“It’s still the right answer,” Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, said when asked about the A-10 decommissioning plan at a recent military forum, according to WSJ.

Doug Cameron reports the Air Force estimates that retiring the Warthog jets would save the branch as much as $3.5 billion, but the plan has faced opposition from many lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives.

The service wants to stop A-10 operations to meet budget requirements for programs to modernize its fighter, tanker and bomber fleets.

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