The reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) from 12 centers to five is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, now that Air Force headquarters has formally approved the transition.
The changes will affect 10 installations, including the three air logistics centers — Robins AFB, Ga., Tinker AFB, Okla., and Hill AFB, Utah — which will become air logistics complexes. Starting in July, the three depots will report to the newly created Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker.
The restructuring will result in the loss of 159 jobs at Hill, although no one will be laid off, reported the Salt Lake Tribune. Some personnel will transfer to other jobs and others will take advantage of separation or early retirement.
Creating a lead center for each of AFMC’s five mission areas — while replacing a headquarters staff at each of the affected installations — is intended to reduce and consolidate overhead, and save $109 million annually. The command announced the five-center construct last November as its response to the Pentagon’s challenge to find efficiencies and save tax dollars.
“We are transitioning the command in a way that will create opportunities for more efficient and responsive support to the warfighter while also saving the taxpayer money,” AFMC Commander Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger said in a written statement.
In addition to Tinker, a center will be activated at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, shortly. At Edwards AFB, Calif., the Air Force Flight Test Center will be redesignated the Air Force Test Center to reflect an expanded mission to cover all test activities.
For more details about the reorganization, read the statement from AFMC.