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U.S. AIR FORCE PROVIDES RESTRUCTURING DETAILS

 U.S. AIR FORCE PROVIDES RESTRUCTURING DETAILS
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of the Air Force


Donald B. Rice announced today more details on the restructure of three of the Air Force's major commands into two new commands. He also released the manpower impact these changes will have on the headquarters bases of these commands at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. These changes will be effective on June 1, 1992.
 These actions form part of a continuing assessment of Air Force structure and management. The design improves Air Force mission capability while responding to the changing world environment and preparing for anticipated force drawdowns and reduced budgets.
 As announced in September 1991, Military Airlift Command (MAC), Strategic Air Command (SAC) and Tactical Air Command (TAC) will be inactivated and will be replaced by two new commands -- Air Combat Command (ACC) and Air Mobility Command (AMC). Provisional headquarters for these new commands will activate on Jan. 15, 1992. ACC will be headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, Va., while AMC will be headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The provisional headquarters will ensure a smooth transition during the inactivation of MAC, TAC and SAC and the activation of ACC and AMC. The 52 bases which now form MAC, SAC and TAC will be assigned to ACC and AMC.
 Air Mobility Command will control the following bases:
 -- From SAC: Grissom Air Force Base, Ind.; Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.; March Air Force Base, Calif.; and Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N.Y.
 -- From MAC: Altus Air Force Base, Okla.; Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.; Dover Air Force Base, Del.; Hurlburt Air Force Base, Fla.; Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.; McChord Air Force Base, Wash.; McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.; Norton Air Force Base, Calif.; Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; and Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
 Air Combat Command will control these bases:
 -- From SAC: Barksdale Air Force Base, La.; Beale Air Force Base, Calif.; Carswell Air Force Base, Texas; Castle Air Force Base, Calif.; Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Eaker Air Force Base, Ark.; Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.; Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.; F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.; Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y.; K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, Mich.; Loring Air Force Base, Maine; McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.; Minot Air Force Base, N.D.; Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.; Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.; and Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Mich.
 -- From MAC: Pope Air Force Base, N.C.
 -- From TAC: Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas; Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.; England Air Force Base, La.; George Air Force Base, Calif.; Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.; Homestead Air Force Base, Fla.; Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Luke Air Force Base, Ariz; MacDill Air Force Base, Fla; Moody Air Force Base, Ga.; Mt. Home Air Force Base, Idaho; Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, S.C.; Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.; and Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
 The inactivation of three commands and the activation of AMC and ACC, plus other previously announced adjustments, will change manpower authorizations at the bases hosting the three current headquarters.
 At Scott Air Force Base, Ill. -- The inactivation of MAC and the activation of AMC results in an increase of 516 full-time(A) military and 141 civilian(A) manpower authorizations. Based on this and previously announced reductions, the late-1991 manpower authorization of 6,273 full-time military, 967 drill(A) and 2,979 civilians is projected to decrease by 11 full-time and increase by 63 civilians by mid-1994.
 At Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. -- the inactivation of SAC and the activation of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) results in a decrease of 2,199 full-time Air Force military and 471 Air Force civilian manpower authorizations. This does not include other services' manpower added for USSTRATCOM -- approximately 260 full- time manpower spaces. Based on this and previously announced actions, the late-1991 manpower authorization of 11,790 full-time, 474 drill and 1,912 civilians is projected to decrease by 2,820 full- time and 544 civilians by mid-1994. Reassignment actions will begin in January 1992, with a majority of personnel transfers being completed by the end of the year.
 At Langley Air Force Base, Va. -- the inactivation of TAC and the activation of ACC results in an increase of 850 full-time military and 167 civilian manpower authorizations. Based on this and previously announced actions, the late-1991 manpower authorization of 8,867 full-time, 479 drill and 1,754 civilians is projected to decrease by 232 full-time and increase by 162 civilians by mid-1994.
 As previously announced, the commander of headquarters, ACC (Provisional), will be Maj. Gen. Stephen B. Croker. Maj. Gen. Walter Kross will command headquarters, AMC (Provisional). The commanders of the full commands will be announced later.
 "This restructuring is not just an exercise in reorganization," Rice said. "Three commands will disappear and two new commands, with new missions, will be formed."
 "Desert Storm showed that the line between strategic and tactical missions has blurred," said Gen. Merrill A. McPeak, Air Force chief of staff. "Desert Storm confirmed what Air Force leaders have believed for years -- that air power should be treated as a unified whole. That's one of the main purposes of this restructure."
 The new ACC will control intercontinental ballistic missiles; some theater airlift and tankers; and continental U.S.-based fighters, bombers, reconnaissance aircraft, and command, control, communications and intelligence platforms.
 The new AMC will include all intertheater airlift assets and most of the theater airlift and tanker force.
 Further details on the inactivation of TAC, SAC and MAC and the activation of ACC and AMC, will be announced as they become available.
 (A) "Full time" means active duty military members; "drill" means Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve members not on active duty full time; "civilian" means an Air Force employee not in the military.
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