AF releases 2004 realignments
7/23/2003 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The Air Force will lose 2,260 military and
2,839 civilian manpower positions, and 1,055 reserve drill authorizations
next year, according to the 2004 force-structure announcement released July
Many bases, both active duty and reserve component, are affected by the
realignment. In many cases, units will gain aircraft and missions, while
others will pare down.
Besides manpower reductions, the realignment formally announces the
retirement of the C-9A Nightingale and KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft.
According to Air Force officials, the 20 C-9s are being retired because of
reduced-patient movement, range limitations and increasing maintenance and
upgrade costs. The aeromedical-evacuation mission will become a
requirements-based system using all passenger-capable aircraft.
The service will retire 44 of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve
Command's 43-year-old KC-135Es next year, replacing them with 24 KC-135Rs
from the active-duty fleet. By the end of fiscal 2006, the Air Force will
have retired 68 of the KC-135Es.
The bases currently proposed for closure or realignment in 2005 include:
Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; Detroit Arsenal, Michigan; Fort Belvoir,
Virginia; Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Fort McPherson/Gillem, Georgia; Fort
Monmouth, New Jersey; Fort Monroe, Virginia; Fort Polk, Louisiana (to
realign); Fort Richardson, Alaska; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Shafter,
Hawaii; Lima Army Tank Plant, Ohio; Natick Soldier Center, Massachusetts;
Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Rock Island
Arsenal, Illinois; Sierra Army Depot, California; and Yuma Proving Ground,
Naval base closures and realignments include: Ingleside Naval Station,
Texas; Naval Postgraduate School, California; Naval Air Station Meridian,
Mississippi; Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, New Jersey; Naval
Recreation Station Solomons Island, Maryland; Naval Surface Warfare Center
Crane, Indiana; Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Virginia;
Navy Supply Corps School, Georgia; New Orleans Naval Support Activity,
Louisiana; Pascagoula Naval Station, Mississippi; Portsmouth Naval
Shipyard, New Hampshire; and Saratoga Springs Naval Support Unit, New York.
Marine base closures and realignments include: Marine Corps Logistics Base
Albany, Georgia; Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California
(realignment); Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California; Marine Corps
Mountain Warfare School, California; Marine Reserve Support Unit, Kansas
City; and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California (realign or
Air Force base closures and realignments include: Altus AFB, Oklahoma;
Beale AFB, California; Brooks AFB, Texas; Cannon AFB, New Mexico; Columbus
AFB, Mississippi; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; Goodfellow AFB, Texas; Grand
Forks AFB, North Dakota; Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts; Kirtland AFB, New
Mexico; Los Angeles AFB, California; McConnell AFB, Kansas; Nellis AFB,
Nevada (to realign); Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina (to realign); Shaw
AFB, South Carolina; and Vance AFB, Oklahoma.