Congressmen hear 188th wing justified
1,000 fill Fort Smith hall for air guard unit
Posted: August 22, 2012 at 4:48 a.m.
With strains of “Yankee Doodle” warming up the crowd, most of Arkansas’ congressional delegation, Gov. Mike Beebe and about 1,000 Fort Smitharea political leaders and residents gathered Tuesday night at the Fort Smith Convention Center to argue for preserving their hometown Air National Guard unit, Arkansas’ 188th Fighter Wing. Their enthusiastic and sometimes tearful endorsements were directed toward Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, who brought his “Defending our Defenders” tour to Fort Smith.
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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 9 on 08/22/2012