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    Maryland Air National Guard Base to Transition from Aging A-10 Aircraft to Cyber Mission

    Maryland Air National Guard Base to Transition from Aging A-10 Aircraft to Cyber Mission

    The U.S. said Thursday that Maryland's Warfield Air National Guard Base at Martin State Airport in Middle River is the preferred location to transition from a flying mission with aging A-10 aircraft to a cyber wing mission.

    “Maryland is home to the nation's most advanced cyber assets, and the expansion of the National Guard's mission is further testament to the vital work our men and women do for our national security as our country prepares to confront future challenges and adversaries,” Gov. Wes Moore, a Democrat, said in a statement.

    The A-10 Thunderbolt II provides close air support for forces on the ground. The planes have been flown by the Maryland National Guard since 1979.

    A news release from the Air Force said that replacing those 21 aircraft at the 104th Fighter Wing with a cyber mission would mesh well with preexisting cyber assets at George G. Meade in Anne Arundel County, as well as the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group operating at Warfield.

    This transition would not preclude Warfield from being considered for potential future missions. The Air Force will perform an environmental impact analysis for the cyber wing, which will be completed by fall 2025. Warfield will to divest its A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft later this year.

    According to Moore, members of the Maryland Air National Guard have “60,000 hours of combined flying experience, 12,000 hours of combat flying experience, and…

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