Air Force to Consider Virginia Base for New Installation Support Center, Delegation Says

Air Force officials have told members of Virginia’s congressional delegation that Joint Base Langley-Eustis would be considered as a candidate to host the Installation and Mission Support Center, the new organization the service is establishing to consolidate policy and oversight of installation and mission support activities.

Officials previously have said the center would have about 350 employees, with many of the workers moving from other commands.

“[We] are committed as a delegation to explore all opportunities to highlight the considerable advantages and existing investments, already made at Joint Base Langley-Eustis,” Sens. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D), and Reps. Rob Wittman (R), Scott Rigell (R) and Bobby Scott (D) said in a joint press release.

The news follows the delegation’s Wednesday meeting with Air Force officials to discuss planned personnel reductions at Langley-Eustis stemming from the service’s announcement two weeks ago that it would carry out a reorganization affecting its headquarters, major commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies. 

At the time, officials said the realignment would eliminate 3,459 positions at headquarters across the service, with Langley-Eustis suffering the largest reduction, 742 positions. On Wednesday, the officials — Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics; Bill Booth, acting deputy chief management officer; and Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter — told the Virginia lawmakers they would provide more details on the personnel cuts within 30 days.

The cuts at Langley, located in Hampton, are centered on Air Combat Command headquarters, which has about 1,800 people, reported the Daily Press. Of the 742 positions slated to be eliminated, 502 will be lost due to a management review. An additional 240 will be lost when the service consolidates Air Force-wide installation support into the new center.

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