Springfield's Air National Guard Base will lose 47 jobs due to government cost cutting. The Guard Base and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base continue to deal with harsh budget cuts.
Springfield's guard base is losing 47 intelligence and reconnaissance positions within the 178th Fighter Wing as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal-year 2013 that President Obama signed on January 2.
Forty-seven jobs are set to be cut at the Springfield Air National Guard Base.
Ohio National Guard spokesman James Sims says there's no definite timeline for the cuts to the 47 intelligence and reconnaissance positions, but that they could come as early as October. Sims says the cuts are a result of the Department of Defense's fiscal 2013 budget but are separate from those taking effect because of the recent automatic budget cuts.
Officials in Clark County say a $3 million project to relocate a road away from a military base is necessary for security reasons and will help keep the facility open.
The Dayton Daily News reports that moving the road away from the Springfield Air National Guard base is necessary to satisfy post-9/11 military security standards.
Officials say moving the 1.4 miles of Route 794 will help keep the base open and preserve the 1,000 or so jobs there. The local chamber of commerce has estimated that the base has an annual economic impact of $95.2 million in Springfield.
The Dayton Dragons have partnered with the Dayton Development Coalition, to honor all service men and women associated with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard Base.
The Dragons are set to host the final “Hometown Heroes Celebration Night” of the season at Fifth Third Field on Saturday, when they open up a four-game series against the West Michigan Whitecaps. The game starts at 7 p.m., but the activities start on the plaza at 6 p.m.