• Eglin AFB’s R&D Function Not Threatened, General Says0

    The recent consolidation of Air Force Materiel Command down to five centers was not intended to pave the way for moving Eglin AFB’s research, development, testing and evaluation function to Edwards AFB, Calif., Brig. Gen. Arnold Bunch, director of Edwards’ Air Force Test Center, told the Florida Defense Support Task Force on Wednesday. Instead, Bunch said he is striving to keep Eglin’s RDT&E function “flyable and viable,” allowing the task force and local officials to breathe a little easier, reported the Daily News. “My focus is not Edwards. I’m equally focused on Eglin and Arnold and bases across the Air Force Materiel Command …

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  • Northwest Florida Officials Still Worry about Future of Eglin R&D Mission0

    Officials in Northwest Florida remain suspicious that the reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command threatens the longevity of the R&D mission at Eglin AFB. Earlier this week, AFMC announced that its plan to place Eglin’s 46th Test Wing under the command of a two-star general at Edwards AFB, Calif., will go ahead next month. Local officials are concerned the move is a precursor to shifting the installation’s research, development, testing and evaluation function to Edwards …

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  • AFMC Reorganization Set to be Launched Next Month0

    The reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command 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 …

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  • AFMC Reorganization Quickly Approaching0

    The Air Force is moving closer to carrying out its reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command by Oct. 1, the Warner Robins Patriot reported. The command plans to scale down from 12 centers to 5, including converting the depots at Robins AFB, Ga., Tinker AFB, Okla., and Hill AFB, Utah, to air logistics complexes. The command is aiming to achieve “initial operational capability” by Oct. 1. Several congressionally mandated reports have been completed and Air Force headquarters is expected to approve the changeover in May …

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  • Lawmakers Protect Local Missions in Authorization Bill0

    Amendments attached to the House version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill would preserve key missions at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, and at Hanscom AFB, outside Boston. The amendment sponsored by Ohio Rep. Michael Turner calls for the core functions of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Pat as of Nov. 1, 2011, to be retained. The core functions could be modified only through a subsequent law authorizing base closures or through 10 U.S.C. Sec. 2687, a statute allowing base closures and realignments to be carried out when a BRAC round is not in effect …

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  • Schwartz Assures Panel Eglin Will Not Lose Test Wing0

    The planned reorganization of Air Force Materiel Command is not a precursor to relocating Eglin AFB’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 …

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