The planned reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command is not a precursor to relocating Eglin Air Force Base’s weapons research and development function, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said Tuesday.
“We are not de-establishing the Air Armament Center. Nothing is migrating from Eglin with respect to the proposal for the Air Force Materiel Command reorganization,” Schwartz said in response to a question from Florida Rep. Jeff Miller (R) during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.
Since the Air Force announced its plan to consolidate Air Force Materiel Command from 12 bases to 5 “lead centers” last fall, Northwest Florida officials worried the move increased the likelihood officials would shift Eglin’s research, development, testing and evaluation function to Edwards AFB in California. The proposal would place Eglin’s 46th Test Wing under the command of an officer at Edwards.
Schwartz said that combining the base’s 96th Air Base Wing with the 46th Test Wing would reduce overhead, reported the Northwest Florida Daily News.
“That’s involved in collapsing the two wings which exist at Eglin into one, which is fundamentally an efficiency move,” he said.