During a Senate Appropriations defense panel hearing March 24, 2010, Gen. Craig McKinley, National Guard Bureau Chief, acknowledged that increasing budgetary pressures over the next five years will lead to a "budgetary crisis" in equipping the National Guard. In fact, he declared, "We may already be there with the Air National Guard." A major concern is that most of ANG's F-16s are Block 30 variants, which, as McKinley noted, "are very capable today, but without a significant amount of modernization money, will become less relevant and potentially less safe to fly over a period of time." Here, a KC-135 tanker from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 171st Air Refueling Wing refuels two F-16s from the New York ANG's 174th Fighter Wing in flight northeast of Syracuse, N.Y., Jan. 21, 2010.
US Air Force photo by TSgt. Shawn Monk
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