The alternative plan that Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve officials have been working with USAF would temporarily rather than permanently transfer some reserve component C-130s to the active force for training, Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, ANG director, told the House Armed Services readiness panel April 27, 2010. Numerous lawmakers and state officials had complained when the original plan came to light in March 2010. Wyatt said the new arrangement "complies with the President's budget as far as the savings generated." He added that there would be no transfer of reserve personnel. Under the new plan, when legacy C-130—E and H model—training needs drops as the service acquires more new J models, "those tails that have been loaned by the states will be returned back to those states," explained Wyatt. Here, a Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130E takes off from Raphael Hernandez Airport in Puerto Rico, May 2, 2009. Although not included in the C-130 training plan, USAF decided to move up the retirement of the Puerto Rico ANG C-130s, among the oldest in the fleet, from 2014 to 2011.
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