- March 20, 2013
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The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located at Horsham Air Guard Station, will take on ground control for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system starting Oct. 1, officials announced Wednesday. The new mission for the 111th helps make up for the loss of the unit’s A-10 fighter jets, which were realigned following the 2005 round of base closures. The wing will add a total of 250 military and civilian jobs, including about 75 full-time jobs, reported the Morning Call. Sequestration could delay the new mission from going ahead, though, as the base currently has a hiring freeze, said a spokesman. The Air Guard station is located at the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove in suburban Philadelphia.