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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 365-95
June 30, 1995

AIR FORCE ANNOUNCES FORCE STRUCTURE CHANGES

The Air Force today announced a list of force structure, realignment and management actions for calendar year 1995. Another announcement with additional changes is expected later this summer. These changes are to required to execute the FY 1996-1997 President's budget, achieve efficiencies or make organizational changes.

The attached announcements specify changes to both active duty and Air National Guard units in several different weapon systems. None of these actions exceed the thresholds established by the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990.

Decisions on these proposed actions will be made only after the appropriate environmental analyses have been completed, and the Clean Air Act conformity requirements have been met. In reference to manpower authorizations, full-time military means active duty military or active guard/reserve positions; drill means Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard positions; and civilians means federal civil service or Air Reserve/Guard technician positions.

For additional information, contact the Air Force Press Desk, Major Dave Thurston or Major Ron Lovas, (703) 695-0640.

CALENDAR YEAR 1995 FORCE STRUCTURE CHANGES

Alabama

- Hall Air National Guard Station, Ala. - The 115th Air Control Squadron (ANG) will inactivate in late 1995 and the Air National Guard Station will close. This action is due to reduced requirements associated with the two Major Regional Conflict strategy, and results in a decrease of 7 full-time military, 239 drill, and 37 civilian manpower authorizations.

Arizona

- Luke AFB, Ariz. - The 56th Fighter Wing's international flying training squadron will inactivate in late 1995. Its training mission and 12 F-16C will transfer to the ANG at Tucson International Airport Air Guard Station, Ariz. This action results in a decrease of 245 full-time military and 2 civilian manpower authorizations.

- Tucson International Airport Air National Guard Station, Ariz. - Two actions are being announced: (1) The previously announced activation of the 162nd Fighter Group's (ANG) operational squadron with 15 F-16C/D aircraft is canceled. Instead, the Group will restructure its training mission by increasing its F-16A/B international training and discontinuing its F-16A/B ANG pilot training. The restructure, beginning in mid-1995, results in the decrease of 3 F-16A/B aircraft, with an increase of 35 full-time military and a decrease of 398 drill and 214 civilian manpower authorizations. (2) In addition to the F-16A/B international training mission, the F-16C/D international training mission will transfer from the active duty component at Luke AFB, Ariz., to the 162nd Fighter Group in late 1995. This action results in the receipt of 18 F-16C/D aircraft and an increase of 47 full-time military, 209 drill, and 104 civilian manpower authorizations. Overall, these actions result in a net increase of 82 full-time military, and a net decrease of 189 drill and 110 civilian manpower authorizations.

Colorado

- Buckley Air National Guard Base, Colo. - The 154th Air Control Group (ANG) will begin inactivating in late 1995. This action is due to reduced requirements associated with the two Major Regional Conflict strategy, and results in a decrease of 5 full-time military, 126 drill, and 9 civilian manpower authorizations.

- Greeley Air National Guard Station, Colo. - Two actions are being announced: (1) Beginning in late 1995, the 4th Space Warning Squadron's mission will transfer from the active duty Air Force to the ANG and relocate to Greeley Air National Guard Station. This results in an increase of 44 full-time military, 262 drill, and 124 civilian manpower authorizations. (2) Beginning in late 1995, the 138th Air Control Squadron will inactivate. This action is due to reduced requirements associated with the two Major Regional Conflict strategy. This results in a decrease of 5 full-time military, 116 drill, and 22 civilian manpower authorizations. Overall, these actions result in a net increase of 39 full-time military, 146 drill, and 102 civilian manpower authorizations.

Florida

- Jacksonville International Airport Air National Guard Station, Fla. - The previously announced conversion of the 125th Fighter Group (ANG) from F-16A/B to F-16C/D aircraft is canceled. Instead, the unit will convert from 15 F-16A/B aircraft to 15 F-15A/B aircraft in late 1995. This action keeps the unit in the air defense mission and results in an increase of 31 drill and 45 civilian manpower authorizations.

Georgia

- McCollum Air National Guard Station, Ga. - The 118th Air Control Squadron (ANG) will begin inactivating in late 1995. This action is due to reduced requirements associated with the two Major Regional Conflict strategy, and results in a decrease of 2 full-time military, 119 drill, and 7 civilian manpower authorizations.

- Robins AFB, Ga. -The Air Force will place the Perimeter Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System in caretaker status and inactivate the 9th Space Warning Squadron in late 1995. This action is a result of budget constraints and a reduced threat; however, other methods exist to ensure adequate warning to sustain nuclear deterrence. This results in a decrease of 107 full-time military and 5 civilian manpower authorizations.

Louisiana

- Barksdale AFB, La. - Three actions are being announced: (1) As a result of the overall reduction of B-52H force structure, the 2nd Bomb Wing will retire 4 B-52H aircraft in late 1995. This results in a decrease of 126 full-time military manpower authorizations. (2) As part of Air Combat Command's initiative to inactivate the 99th Wing at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., the 99th Electronic Combat Range Group will inactivate in late 1995 and range management functions will consolidate at Nellis AFB, Nev. This results in a loss of 99 full-time military and 13 civilian manpower authorizations. (3) Beginning in late 1995, the B-52 weapons school and test mission, currently stationed at Ellsworth AFB, SD, will realign to Barksdale AFB. Relocation of these assets, as a detachment of the USAF Weapons School, collocates B-52 weapons school and test functions with supporting aircraft and results in an increase of 90 full-time military authorizations. Overall, these actions result in a net decrease of 135 full-time military and 13 civilian manpower authorizations.

Nevada

- Nellis AFB, Nev. - Four actions are being announced: (1) As a result of the Air Force decision to retire the F-4G aircraft, the 57th Wing's 561st Fighter Squadron will inactivate and its 26 F-4G aircraft will begin retiring in late 1995. This results in a decrease of 972 full-time military and I civilian manpower authorizations. (2) The Combat Rescue School will receive 2 HH-60G aircraft in late 1995. This results in an increase of 100 full-time military manpower authorizations. (3) The Joint Employment Tactics School will relocate from Ellsworth AFB, S.D., in late 1995. This collocates it with similar training functions and results in an increase of 9 full-time military authorizations. (4) Air Combat Command will consolidate all range management functions at Nellis AFB. This results in an increase of 30 full-time military and 13 civilian manpower authorizations. Overall, these actions result in a net decrease of 833 full-time military and a net increase 12 civilian manpower authorizations.

- Reno/Tahoe International Airport Air National Guard Station, Nev. - Beginning in late 1995, the Air Force will retire its RF-4C aircraft and the 152nd Reconnaissance Group (ANG) will convert from 18 RF-4C aircraft to 8 C-130 aircraft and activate the 152nd Aerial Port Flight. This results in a net decrease of 10 full-time military, 102 drill, and 62 civilian manpower authorizations

New Jersey

- McGuire AFB, N.J. - The 305th Air Mobility Wing will receive 6 additional KC-10A aircraft in late 1995. This results in an increase of 180 full-time military manpower authorizations.

New Mexico

- Holloman AFB, N.M. - Two actions are being announced: (1) The 4th Space Warning Squadron will inactivate and its mission will transfer to the Colorado Air National Guard. This results in a decrease of 353 full-time military and 13 civilian manpower authorizations. (2) The 4th Space Surveillance Squadron will realign to Holloman AFB. The unit will occupy facilities vacated by Holloman AFB's inactivating 4th Space Warning Squadron. This results in an increase of 113 full-time military and 3 civilian manpower authorizations. Overall, these actions result in a net decrease of 240 full-time military and 10 civilian manpower authorizations.

New York

- Verona Test Annex, N.Y. - The 1st Space Surveillance Squadron will inactivate in mid-1995. Other assets are able to assume surveillance mission requirements. This action is a result of budget constraints and results in a decrease of 78 military and 1 civilian manpower authorizations

North Carolina

- Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. - The 4th Wing's last 6 KC-10A aircraft will depart for

McGuire AFB, N.J., in late 1995. The manpower impact remains as previously announced.

North Dakota

- Minot AFB, N.D. - As a result of the Air Force's decision to downsize the B-52H fleet, the

5th Bomb Wing will inactivate the 72nd Bomb Squadron and begin losing 14 B-52H aircraft in late

1995. This results in a decrease of 476 full-time military manpower authorizations.

Ohio

- Blue Ash Air National Guard Station, Ohio - One of the Air National Guard's air control squadrons will begin inactivating in late 1995. This action is due to reduced requirements associated with the two Major Regional Conflict strategy, and results in a decrease of 121 drill and 13 civilian manpower authorizations.

South Dakota

- Ellsworth AFB, S.D. - Three actions are being announced: (1) The 99th Wing will inactivate in late 1995. These actions reduce test and training operations overhead and result in a loss of 222 full-time military and 9 civilian manpower authorizations. (2) Beginning in late 1995, the B-52 Weapons School and test mission will realign to Barksdale AFB, La. Relocation of these assets, as a detachment of the USAF Weapons School, collocates B-52 weapons school and test functions with supporting aircraft and results in a decrease of 90 full-time military authorizations. (3) The Joint Employment Tactics School will relocate to Nellis AFB, Nev., in late 1995. This collocates it with similar training functions and results in a decrease of 9 full-time military authorizations. Overall, these actions result in a net decrease of 321 full-time military and 9 civilian manpower authorizations.

Texas

- Eldorado Air Station, Texas - The Air Force will place the Perimeter Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System in caretaker status and inactivate the 8th Space Warning Squadron in late 1995. This action is a result of budget constraints and a reduced threat; however, other methods exist to ensure adequate warning to sustain nuclear deterrence. This results in a decrease of 96 full-time military and 20 civilian manpower authorizations.

- Lackland AFB, Texas - The 4th Space Surveillance Squadron (Medina Annex, Lackland AFB) will transfer to Holloman AFB, N.M.; the unit will occupy facilities vacated by the inactivating 4th Space Warning Squadron. This results in a decrease of 64 full-time military and 3 civilian manpower authorizations.

- Randolph AFB, Texas - Two actions are being announced: (1) Beginning in mid-1996, Air Education and Training Command will convert 452 full-time military to 452 civilian aircraft maintenance manpower authorizations. This is an initial step in reducing aircraft maintenance costs at Randolph AFB. (2) Beginning in late 1995, the Air Force will centralize a number of civilian personnel functions in a new directorate within the Air Force Military Personnel Center. The addition of the new directorate centralizes administration functions, streamlines procedures, implements process efficiencies, and reduces operating costs. The action reduces civilian manpower authorizations at bases throughout the Air Force. This results in an increase of 410 civilian manpower authorizations at Randolph AFB. Overall, these actions result in a net decrease of 452 full-time military and a net increase of 862 civilian manpower authorizations.

Utah

- Salt Lake City International Airport Air National Guard Station, Utah - One of the Air National Guard's air control squadrons will begin inactivating in late 1995. This action is due to reduced requirements associated with the two Major Regional Conflict strategy, and results in a decrease of 121 drill, and 12 civilian manpower authorizations.

Washington

- Four Lakes Air National Guard Station, Wash. - The 105th Air Control Squadron (ANG) will inactivate in late 1995 and the Air National Guard Station will close. This action is due to reduced requirements associated with the two Major Regional Conflict strategy, and results in a decrease of 5 full-time military, 241 drill, and 38 civilian manpower authorizations.

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