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7:41 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Arkansas 188th Fighter Wing Delays Anniversary Celebration

The 60th anniversary celebration of the Arkansas Air National Guard's 188th Fighter Wing has been delayed because of the federal government shutdown.

The 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith, Ark., welcomed its transition from F-16s to A-10s April 14. Federal, state and local elected officials along joined unit members to say farwell to the F-16 (foreground) and hello to the A-10 (background).
Credit Master Sgt. Bob Oldham / U.S. Air Force

The celebration for current and former 188th members was set for Saturday, but officials decided to postpone the event until Nov. 2 because of the shutdown. 

Maj. Heath Allen tells the Southwest Times Record that it wasn't feasible to hold the event because of furloughs caused by the shutdown.

Also, the Arkansas National Guard postponed weekend drills scheduled in October, which affects nearly 10,000 Guard members. The 188th Fighter Wing began in 1953 as the 184th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron.