The Air Force announced today criteria for basing of a consolidated security forces regional training center.
The basing criteria were approved by the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force and considered factors such as mission requirements, training requirements, facilities and infrastructure, support capacity, environmental impact and cost.
“The Air Force uses a deliberate, repeatable and transparent process to address our basing needs,” said Kathleen Ferguson, the Air Force deputy assistant secretary for installations. “These criteria will help to ensure that all aspects for basing of these units have been considered.”
These criteria will be applied to all Air Force and select Army installations in the continental United States. The Air Force is making plans to consolidate its regional training locations in the United States. Currently the Air Force conducts security forces training at six U.S. bases: Creech Air Force Base, Nev.; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Wolters, Texas; Camp Guernsey, Wyo.; Fort Dix, N.J.; and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
The release of the candidate bases for the security forces regional training center is expected in summer 2011. After the release of the candidate bases, the formal environmental impact analysis process will begin, allowing communities around each candidate base to participate and provide input.
For more information about these criteria, media may contact the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs office at 703-695-0640.