Springfield ANG Base Readies for New Missions

Personnel at the Springfield Air National Guard Base’s 178th Fighter Wing continue to prepare to take on two intelligence missions, with the expectation that the transition will occur late this year or early next year.

The unit’s previous mission to train U.S. and Dutch F-16 pilots ended last year. The new missions — remotely piloting unmanned MQ-1 Predators and analyzing data and imagery for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center — will employ 854 members of the unit, including 338 full-time personnel, reported the Springfield News-Sun.

Last week, personnel began construction on an $11 million complex at the Ohio base to house the 251st Cyberspace Engineering Wing and Group and the 269th Combat Communications Squadron, the paper reported.

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