- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming Air National Guard Unit that includes four cargo airplanes based in Cheyenne would be eliminated under a budget proposal from President Barack Obama.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1iAhRtl ) that Obama has proposed eliminating the 30th Airlift Squadron. Congress hasn’t acted on the suggestion yet.

The squadron has 210 active duty airmen. Capt. Tom Blackburn of the Wyoming Military Department says the jobs could be gone after October.

Blackburn says the four C-130H Hercules aircraft that are part of the unit would also be gone if the unit is eliminated.

Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Adjutant General of the Wyoming National Guard, says he’s disappointed the 30th is on the chopping block. He says the airmen are skilled and says the squadron is vital to national defense.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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