Air Force Reserve to Begin Force Structure Changes
Nine installations will lose or gain assigned aircraft over the next three years under force structure actions directed in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, the Air Force Reserve Command said Friday.
Some of the more significant changes call for the following moves:
- Barksdale Air Force Base, La. — inactivate the 917th Fighter Group and retire 24 A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and transfer three A-10Cs to Whiteman AFB, Mo.;
- Beale AFB, Calif. — inactivate the 13th Reconnaissance Squadron;
- Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. — gain 24 A-10Cs from the Air Force in 2014; and
- Lackland — retire 16 C-5As during the next three years and gain 8 C-5Ms from Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., in 2016.
The legislation also authorizes new Air Force Reserve intelligence squadrons at four installations: Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Fort Meade, Md.; and Offutt AFB, Neb. Wright-Patterson also will host a new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance group. Joint Base San Antonio (Lackland) will host a new Reserve network warfare squadron and cyber operations group.
The changes are needed to address declining defense budgets over the coming decade, according to the command.