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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Lawmakers Contest Reorganization of Air Logistics Centers

  • November 7, 2011
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Lawmakers and officials from the three communities with air logistics centers questioned the component of the reorganization the Air Force announced last week affecting Air Force Materiel Command.

Under the Air Force’s new plan, the three centers — located at Hill AFB, Utah; Robins AFB, Ga.; and Tinker Air Force, Okla. — would be headed by one-star generals, reported NewsOK.com. They currently are commanded by two-star generals. Tinker, however, would be made a “lead” center and gain a three-star commander. Air Force Materiel Command headquarters, located at Wright-Patterson AFB, would continue to oversee the repair depots as well.

Despite the proposed upgrade at Tinker, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (R) said the plan could complicate management of the centers, making them less efficient. Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) said he opposed any change requiring Aerospace Sustainment Directorates to report to a different commander than the depots’ maintenance wings, according to the story. Utah officials pledged to fight the restructuring.

Community leaders in Warner Robins, Ga., surprisingly breathed a sigh of relief when they learned Robins would lose no more than 600 workers as part of the Air Force restructuring that would eliminate a total of 9,000 civilian positions, reported macon.com.

“Trust me, as someone who has been meeting with our elected officials in D.C., this could have been so much worse,” said MaryTherese Tebbe, executive director of 21st Century Partnership, the local military support organization for Robins AFB.

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