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TN Gains Planes in Air National Guard Shakeup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Air National Guard in Memphis would get eight C-17 planes under planned restructuring by the Air Force, replacing C-5A aircraft being retired.
Nashville would get an unmanned aircraft squadron under the proposal, announced Friday in Washington. The city would lose six WC-130 aircraft to Luis Munoz, Puerto Rico, to replace retiring aircraft.
McGhee-Tyson in Knoxville would lose two KC-135s.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the proposals continue to recognize the important role of the Tennessee Air National Guard.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the plans show that Tennessee Air National Guard bases are crucial to U.S. readiness.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who represents parts of Memphis, said the proposals fit well with the skill set of the Air National Guard.
Note: News release from Tennessee National Guard is below.

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