Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, would gain 15 T-38C jet trainers and 80 student pilots annually as the Air Force’s preferred location to consolidate its Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) training from five locations to three.
The basing selection is subject to an environmental assessment before the consolidation can go ahead, according to statement from Air Education and Training Command. Officials evaluated all five bases that conduct the IFF training mission for feasibility, timing and cost to accept the expanded mission.
The IFF units at Laughlin AFB, Texas, and Vance AFB, Okla., would close as part of the consolidation. The Air Force also conducts the introductory training at Sheppard AFB, Texas, and Columbus AFB, Miss.
The move comes as the service’s requirement for IFF graduates drops from 450 to 380 graduates a year. The shift is projected to save the Air Force about $55 million over the next eight years.
There is no timeline for when the Vance IFF unit would close, according to the Enid News and Eagle.