A-10s to stay at Whiteman Air Force Base

Whiteman Air Force Base will get to keep the A-10 jet at least until the end of the year.

The Department of Defense looked at eliminating the plane known as the "warthog" because of budget cutbacks.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said wording in the Defense Bill means those jets will be in Missouri until at least the end of 2014.

At the same time, Governor Jay Nixon is looking at a broader plan to keep as many military jobs in the state as possible. The government is calling it the "Missouri Military Partnership."

He said part of keeping the A-10s includes making sure there's enough infrastructure to support programs for military spouses.

"Making sure when people are sent on missions, we have the ways to support those families who are there and making sure we have infrastructure, the roads other things to compete," Nixon said.

Governor Nixon hopes to have a plan in place by the end of March.

The Department of Defense spends an estimated $15 billion in Missouri each year.

And while that budget is wavering, there are no plans to close the military bases in Missouri.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments