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As Warthogs wind down, what's ahead for Moody?

Austin Scott joined Valdosta Mayor John Gayle, Co. Comm. Chair Bill Slaughter, and Co-chairs of SGMAC, Michael Lee and Nick Lacey Austin Scott joined Valdosta Mayor John Gayle, Co. Comm. Chair Bill Slaughter, and Co-chairs of SGMAC, Michael Lee and Nick Lacey
One of Moody's 'Flying Tiger' A-10s One of Moody's 'Flying Tiger' A-10s
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The United States Air Force's long-serving tank-buster, the A-10 Warthog, has been around for decades.

It showed its effectiveness against armored vehicle in the Gulf wars, and it's one of the main armaments at Moody Air Force Base, but its days are numbered. 

The likelihood of America doing battle with foes who have army tanks is dwindling to near zero. 

The South Georgia Military Affairs Council (SGMAC) is alert to anything that may have a negative impact on Valdosta's Air Force Base, so they are looking at a new mission for Moody, and that could be to train Afghani pilots.  

U. S. Representative Austin Scott, of Tifton, believes that is a good mission for the base.

He joined Valdosta Mayor John Gayle, Co. Commission Chair Bill Slaughter, and Co-chairs of SGMAC Michael Lee and Nick Lacey supporting  the proposal.

They all encouraged the leaders of the business community to get behind the efforts to acquire the new mission, which would bring about 120 pilots and aircraft servicemen to Valdosta for training.

So far, the Pentagon hasn't made any commitments about the idea of pilot training, but the A-10 decline will likely start next year.

 

 

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