The head of US Transportation Command, Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 17, 2009, that he is concerned about the approaching loss of Air National Guard F-16s that support the bulk of the Operation Noble Eagle air sovereignty missions over the US. More legacy aircraft are likely to retire before sufficient numbers of new F-22 and F-35 fighters can replace them in Noble Eagle. Here, two F-16Cs assigned to the Minnesota ANG's 148th Fighter Wing prepare for takeoff next to an F-22 Raptor aircraft March 3, 2008, during a deployment to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. The 148th is the first non-Alaskan or Canadian unit to support Alaska Command alert and the first F-16 unit to intercept Russian bombers.
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