The A-10 Thunderbolt is more commonly known as the Warthog. It was developed in the 1970s and production stopped in the early '80s. Its slow speed allows it to train its powerful machine gun on ground targets faster planes would zip by.
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo spoke to reporters at length Wednesday on the importance of reducing government spending, at the same time he spoke about keeping a program that Air Force leaders want to phase out in order to save $3.5 billion.
Crapo, a Republican, has joined Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, and others to push legislation that would block the Air Force from retiring the A-10 fighter jet.
The partial shutdown of the federal government will have a direct effect on some services in Idaho, with campgrounds on federal lands closing, 850 Idaho National Guard employees furloughed and a program that helps cover food costs for impoverished pregnant women and small children threatened.
More than 800 Idaho National Guard employees will start taking furlough days mandated by federal budget cuts.
Idaho National Guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano says about 860 full-time employees will have one unpaid day off each week between now and the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30. Marsano says the federal budget cuts affect 860 military technicians and civilian workers.
The federal budget cuts took effect when Congress failed to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan.
Nearly 60 Idaho Army National Guard Soldiers returned to the U.S. late Saturday night after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. They’re charter flight took them to Ft. Hood, Texas where they were greeted by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Idaho Adjutant General Gary L. Sayler, and Command Sgt. Major Kenneth Downing.
Officials on the Trinity Ridge Fire are about to get some help from the Idaho National Guard. The Guard has been activated to help with Idaho wildfires because of a disaster declaration issued by Governor Butch Otter. The Idaho Emergency Operations Center is sending Guard members to the fire which is near Pine and Featherville.
Eighty National Guard members will staff 20 checkpoints in the area, 24 hours a day. The teams will consist of both airmen and soldiers from various Idaho Army and Air Guard units. They should take over the checkpoints on Sunday.
Idaho Citizen Soldiers are preparing for a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Army National Guard’s Company A, 1-168 General Services Aviation Battalion will head first to Fort Hood, Texas for training. Then the soldiers will travel to Afghanistan for ten months.