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Mansfield-Lahm ANG Base named preferred location for Cyber Warfare Wing

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) --

The Department of the Air Force announced today that it has identified Ohio’s Mansfield-Lahm Air National Guard Base as the preferred location for a new Cyber Warfare Wing mission. The transformation will support Air Combat Command’s future requirements and result in operational mission changes, including an increase of approximately 175 Airmen and associated infrastructure support.

To advance the new cyber mission at Mansfield-Lahm ANG Base, the Air Force is looking to retire eight C-130H Hercules from its aging inventory at the 179th Airlift Wing as part of its fiscal year 2022 budget proposal. The 179th AW has been flying the C-130H since 1991.

“Retiring these legacy aircraft will create the fiscal and manpower flexibility required to design and field the future force needed to meet national defense requirements,” said Lt. Gen. David Nahom, Plans and Programs deputy chief of staff.

The proposed plan is contingent on congressional approval to retire eight C-130H aircraft from Mansfield, Ohio and reduce the Air Force’s total C-130 inventory from 287 to 279 aircraft in fiscal year 2022. With congressional approval, the Airmen of the 179th AW will be resourced to convert to a Cyber Warfare Wing, carrying their proud legacy well into the future to ensure the nation is able to modernize and meet the demands of today and tomorrow.

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