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Posts Tagged ‘Air National Guard’

Air Force Rejects Commission’s Call to Eliminate Reserve Command

  • March 10, 2015
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The Air Force has no plans to carry out the recommendation made last year by a congressionally established panel to disestablish Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC). That proposal was the only one of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force’s 42 recommendations that the Air Force disagreed with, officials said last week. “Elimination of the AFRC would not result in substantial savings, as nine different major commands would have to assume the roles and responsibilities currently accomplished by the Headquarters AFRC. Additionally, the current structure allows the chief of the Air Force Reserve to manage authorized and appropriated Reserve resources as required by key statutory obligations,” according to a written statement from Air Force Public Affairs …

Vermont High Court Rules in Favor of Basing Plan for F-35s

  • March 9, 2015
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Opponents of the Air Force’s plan to base 18 F-35A fighter jets at Burlington Air Guard Station lost their appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court last week after the court ruled that the city of Burlington, Vt., did not need to obtain a state land use and development permit to account for the additional noise impacts and new facilities associated with the fifth-generation aircraft. Opponents of the Air Force’s plan believe the new aircraft will be significantly louder than the F-16 it will replace and poses a greater safety risk to the surrounding community. Last May, the state environmental court said the upgrades needed to accommodate the F-35s did not require a state permit because the Guard served a federal purpose …

Ohio Guard Wing Earns Reprieve in Defense Bill

  • December 16, 2014
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Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, Ohio, received good news in the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill as the result of language allowing the Air Force to fund avionics upgrades to the Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing. The wing’s eight C -130H Hercules transport aircraft need the enhanced communications gear — called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast-Out (ADS-B) — to continue flying outside the U.S. mainland beyond 2020, reported the Mansfield News Journal. The provision allows the Air Force to tap alternative programs and funding to modernize the C-130H fleet but doesn’t require the service to go ahead …

Budget Pressures Spurring Greater Integration among Air Force Components, Chief Says

  • August 26, 2014
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The functions and roles of the Air Force’s active-duty, Guard and reserve components will continue to be further integrated, the service’s top officer told several thousand members of the National Guard on Saturday. “If we can become more efficient as an Air Force without losing operational capability, by putting more things in the Air Guard and reserve component, then why wouldn’t we?” Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told the general conference of the National Guard Association of the United States …

Burlington Residents Sue Air Force over New F-35 Guard Unit

  • July 7, 2014
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A local group opposed to a decision to base 18 new F-35 fighter jets at Burlington Air Guard Station, Vt., filed a lawsuit last week against Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to stop the move. The suit — filed in federal court by the Stop the F-35 Coalition — contends the aircraft will generate noise in excess of 65 decibels averaged over a day-night basis …

Airport to Invest in Project to Preserve West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • March 27, 2014
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Local airport officials in Kanawha County, W.Va., agreed this week to invest $1.5 million over 10 years to help construct a bridge intended to secure the future of the Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing. The vote by the Yeager Airport’s board represents the last county entity needed to approve funding for the project, reported the Charleston Gazette. Last year, Kanawha County agreed to fund one-third of the bridge’s $6.2 million construction cost. The state also is contributing to the project …

Air Force Secretary Embraces Thrust of Commission Report

  • February 9, 2014
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In comments Friday indicating the Air Force agrees with the major points of the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, Secretary Deborah Lee James said the service plans to increase its dependence on its reserve components. “Going forward, there’s no doubt in my mind that our Air Force is going to rely more, not less, on our National Guard and Reserve forces,” James said, reported the Air Force News Service. “This makes sense from not only from a mission standpoint, but from an economic standpoint …

Personnel Cuts, Aircraft Retirements likely to Highlight Air Force Budget

  • February 5, 2014
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Major cuts in personnel and the wholesale retirement of several airframes are expected to highlight the Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request, scheduled to be released next month. “I see a trend, which I think the [Strategic Choices and Management Review] highlighted, toward sustaining a smaller force in the near term in order to resource needed modernization programs,” said Mark Gunzinger, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments …

Local Officials Oppose Panel’s Recommendation to Eliminate Air Force Reserve Command

  • February 4, 2014
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Despite calling for a greater emphasis on the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force’s final report recommends the service disestablish Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), a proposal criticized by lawmakers and leaders in Middle Georgia, where the command is headquartered at Robins Air Force Base. “When we want to rely even more heavily on our reserve forces in the future, why would you eliminate the structure that has helped us get to where we are today?” asked Robert McMahon, president and CEO of the 21st Century Partnership, the community-based group that promotes Robins …

Commission Calls for Air Force to Consider ‘Warm Basing’ Installations

  • February 3, 2014
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The Air Force should consider, with congressional authorization, closing or “warm basing” some installations, so that scarce budget dollars can be more efficiently allocated to readiness accounts, according to a congressionally created commission that focused on balancing the service’s force structure between its active and reserve components. “Warm basing may, in some cases, be a better, more cost-effective option than closing bases as it can save in conversion costs while also leaving infrastructure available for future contingencies,” according to the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force …

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