The Air Force will save $12 million by relocating the 57th Weapons Squadron and its C-17 Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) to JB Lewis-McChord, Wash., according to a press release from Air Mobility Command. Both are currently located at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., which has no dedicated C-17s assigned to support the training. As a result, aircraft and man-hours had to be repurposed to support the two five-month long courses led by the Weapons Squadron every year. McChord was selected because it has long supported the course by supplying C-17s and maintainers. New facilities for the course will be constructed at a cost of about $800,000, and the first course at McChord is planned for July 2017.
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