Donley Outlines Personnel Cuts

The Air Force will reduce its total end strength by about 9,900 personnel over the next five fiscal years, including 3,900 active duty members, 5,100 Air National Guardsmen, and 900 Air Force Reservists, said Secretary Michael Donley. Speaking at an...

Trading Size for Quality

The Air Force aims to retire 102 A-10 ground-attack aircraft—about one third of its A-10 fleet—and more than 280 aircraft overall as part of the proposed force adjustments in its forthcoming Fiscal 2013-17 budget program, according to the service leadership's new white paper, issued Wednesday. "The Air Force has made the hard choices to closely align with the [Obama Administration's] new strategic guidance in our Fiscal 2013 budget submission by trading size for quality," wrote Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz in Air Force Priorities for a New Strategy with Constrained Budgets. Among the changes, some of which Pentagon officials touched upon last week, the Air Force will:

  • Eliminate 123 fighters (102 A-10s and 21 older F-16s), 133 mobility aircraft (27 C-5As, 21 C-27s, 65 C-130s, and 20 KC-135s), and 30 intelligence platforms (18 Global Hawk Block 30s, 11 RC-26s, and one E-8).
  • Trim the Total Force by 9,900 airmen, building upon the reductions of 48,000 personnel since 2004.
  • Terminate or restructure programs like the B-2 extremely high-frequency radio improvements and the family of advanced beyond line of sight terminals.
  • Replace "expensive programs" like the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program "with more affordable alternatives that still accomplish the mission."
  • Discontinue or defer programs including the common vertical lift support platform, light mobility aircraft, and light attack and armed reconnaissance airplane.

(SAF/PA release)

Panetta: Combat Mission in Afghanistan to End in 2013

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday US and NATO forces will begin transitioning from the traditional combat mission in Afghanistan to a training and advising role in 2013, similar to the final days in Iraq. However, US troops will remain...

Mighty Eighth Turns 70

8th Air Force officials celebrated the organization’s 70th anniversary on Wednesday during a ceremony at its temporary headquarters in Bossier City, La. Maj. Gen. Seve Wilson, 8th AF commander, read proclamations from local political leaders, honored past and current members...

New C-17 Arrives at Charleston

Officials at JB Charleston, S.C., welcomed the arrival of The Spirit of Airborne, the Air Force’s 215th and newest C-17 transport, for beddown. Members of Charleston’s 315th Airlift Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit, flew the C-17 from Boeing’s manufacturing...

Mobility Airmen Build Partnership with Hondurans

Approximately 20 members of the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron from Travis AFB, Calif., kicked off a month of partnership building with the Honduran air force at Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Along with airmen from JB San Antonio, Tex., Travis’ expeditionary air...

Tyndall Opens New Building for Air Control Training

The 325th Air Control Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla., unveiled its newest building, the Air Control Squadron Operations Training Complex, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. The $8.5 million, energy-efficient facility offers approximately 36,000 square feet of space. “It combines...