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Idaho Air National Guard dedicates aircraft to Pocatello

The Idaho National Guard dedicated one of the 124th Fighter Wing’s A-10 attack aircraft to the city of Pocatello Thursday.

City Councilman Craig Cooper was on hand for the ceremony. The program recognizes Idaho communities with “nose art” on the Guard’s aircraft. Pocatello joins the cities of Boise, Meridian and Post Falls in the honor.

The art depicts a star at the location of Pocatello on a map of the state and the proclamation, “Pride of Idaho.”

“Often we think of the individual sacrifice that comes with serving one’s country and state,” said Col. Timothy Donnellan, 124th Fighter Wing commander, “but the burden easily overlooked is the one left here at home in communities, businesses and families across the nation in times of the service members absence. All are left to function minus a key member and it takes a community coming together to ensure things stay on track.”

The A-10 mission is supported by over 1,300 Air National Guardsmen on either full-time or part-time military readiness training.

The aircraft, with tail number 707, will fly in training missions at home and potentially in combat abroad.

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