The planned reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), part of an Air Force move to trim its civilian workforce and improve efficiency, will harm the service’s logistics function and should be postponed until congressional hearings can be held, according to Mike O’Hara, a former director of civilian personnel at Robins AFB in central Georgia.
“I fear that these necessary reductions are being used as a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from the pending disaster that will result from the reorganization being quietly slipped into place,” O’Hara told the Warner Robins Patriot.
Robins is slated to lose 193 civilian jobs under the plan, which will convert the service’s three air logistics centers — Robins, Tinker AFB, Okla., and Hill AFB, Utah — to air logistics complexes. Command staffs along with two-star general officer positions at each center would be eliminated, with oversight for depot maintenance and weapons system program management transferred to a new office at Tinker. The 402nd Maintenance Wing at Robins will be headed by a one-star general.
The requirement included in the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill for the Air Force to perform a business case analysis is critical, said O’Hara, as officials so far have failed to demonstrate how the move will save money.