On Friday morning, Senator Jim Inhofe (Okla.) along with Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman (Ark.) arrived in Fort Smith to meet with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III to discuss the impact of a recent defense budget cut that will affect the 188th Fighter Wing.
According to Inhofe, approximately 200-300 members of the 188th are Oklahoma residents. Of the 1000 jobs filled at the 188th, Inhofe said the cuts could affect 10 percent of employees.
The replacement of the A-10's with unmanned assault vehicles is the most likely change to expect, said Inhofe.
The latest report from the United States Drought Monitor shows that despite recent precipitation this month, all of Oklahoma remains under sever drought. The LeFlore County area is listed as under extreme drought conditions.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of the state has been drought conditions since last May.
Reports show that drought conditions are expected to persist or intensify until spring rains bring relief.