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Posts Tagged ‘Air National Guard’

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 …

Air Force Panel Recommends Greater Reliance on Reserve Components

  • January 30, 2014
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The Air Force should shift some personnel from its active-duty force to the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve as a way to deal with fiscal pressures, the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force recommended Thursday. “Transitioning missions from the Active Component to the Reserve Components will allow the Air Force to perform these missions with less expensive part-time Reservists while reducing the Active Component end strength, thus saving money in the military personnel accounts that can be put to use in readiness, modernization, and recapitalization accounts,” according to the panel’s final report …

Governors Urge Administration to Protect Air Guard from Budget Cuts

  • January 23, 2014
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The nation’s governors are calling on the Pentagon to shield the Air National Guard from “disproportionate and damaging” cuts as it prepares its fiscal 2015 budget request. “Reductions in personnel and equipment are inevitable as we transition from war to peace, but they should not adversely affect states nor come at the expense of lost capabilities,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said last week during the National Governors Association’s State of the States address in Washington, D.C. “The Guard is a ready, capable and experienced fighting force, but they are also essential to their states and communities here at home …

Bill Would Give Indiana Communities New Tool to Support Military Installations

  • January 22, 2014
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Legislation intended to provide communities an additional tool to support a neighboring military installation advanced last week in the Indiana Senate. The measure would allow local redevelopment commissions to spend money to support, promote or expand federal facilities, reported the Journal Gazette. It would allow communities to improve a base’s infrastructure, including roads and buildings, said State Sen. Jim Banks (R). Banks cited the possibility that Fort Wayne could take advantage of the legislation to bolster its case for retaining the Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing. “This is our opportunity to tell the federal government we are serious about keeping that investment in our state,” Banks said. Senate Bill 260 now moves to the full Senate.

Reserve Components to Play Larger Role in Air Force, James Testifies

  • January 12, 2014
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The Air Force will rely more heavily on the Air National Guard and Reserve components, Secretary Deborah Lee James told members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force last week. The shift, intended to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to trim its end strength, will be reflected in the fiscal 2015 budget request, said James, who was sworn in Dec. 20 as the Air Force’s 23rd secretary. The service is slated to eliminate up to 25,000 personnel over the next five years, along with other cost-saving measures …

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