IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Peace activists are marching across eastern Iowa to protest a plan to fly unmanned aircraft from an air base in Des Moines.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/17R9lQx ) that the activists want to send a message. More than a dozen demonstrators are walking from Rock Island, Ill., to Des Moines, to raise awareness about drone strikes.
The Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines is ending its F-16 operation in the next few months. The unit is planning to replace those manned fighter jets with unmanned drones that will be controlled in Iowa but flown overseas.
Military leaders and some Iowa officials have praised the transition, saying it will preserve military jobs in Iowa.
Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/