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Big changes on the way: force structure plan calls for reduction in reserve manning.

The Air Force Reserve announced March 6 about 3,000 job changes that will realign affected Reservists into growing new career fields and help the total force reduce manning by 9,900 Airmen in fiscal year 2013.

As some Reservists have to move or travel to new jobs, the Reserve plans to decrease its end-strength manning in fiscal 2013 by 900 people, from a total of 71,400 to 70,500.

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"We expect to lower the majority of our manning numbers through normal attrition and reduced recruiting accessions," said Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., chief of Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command. "As we do this, we're realigning our people into the missions that we expect to endure or be new areas of growth in the future."

In addition to the reduction of 900 Reservists, the Air Force plans to decrease the number of active-duty Airmen by 3,900 and Air National Guardsmen by 5,100. These manning cuts are part of the Air Force's force structure changes to align with the president's fiscal 2013 budget plan presented to Congress Feb. 13.

Faced with austere budget times, the Air Force is refocusing and reducing the size of its forces to comply with the Department of Defense's new defense strategy and the Budget Control Act's requirements to cut $487 billion from the defense budget over the next 10 years.

The Air Force's share of this budget reduction is about $54 billion, and leaders plan to save $8.7 billion in fiscal 2013.

"We need Reservists in every Air Force career specialty in order to fulfill the nation's need for cost-effective and efficient daily operations as well as a ready global surge capability," Sterner said. "As people face career and life-changing plans, we want them to know the Air Force Reserve offers them an opportunity to continue to serve."

As the manning changes take effect, they will cause Reservists to move or change units as their old jobs get realigned to new growth areas such as nuclear, space, cyberspace, special operations, training, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance career fields.

One of the biggest changes for the command is the planned closure of the 911th Airlift Wing at Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa. If the 911th AW is deactivated as planned, the Pittsburgh ARS is expected to close. However, the Pittsburgh Air National Guard Base is scheduled to remain operational.

AFRC officials have assistance programs to help civilians and Reservists affected by these changes to find new jobs:

* Traditional Reservists, enlisted air reserve technicians and civil servants are encouraged to register in the AFRC clearing-house for job placement elsewhere in the command.

* Officer ARTs are managed through the ART Officer Career Management Program office and can call DSN 497-1338 or commercial 478-327-1338 for job assistance.

* Civil servants faced with a move due to organizational restructuring will receive hiring preferences for DOD job vacancies through the Priority Placement Program.

* All displaced civil servants are eligible for the DOD's Interagency Career Assistance Transition Program that gives them special selection priority in other government agencies.

Officials plan to announce details on additional assistance programs as information becomes available. Force shaping programs may be offered if officials deem them necessary to facilitate the planned force structure changes.

Air Force plans call for the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve to be deactivated in fiscal 2013. The 45 active-duty Airmen assigned to the band at Headquarters AFRC, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., will be reassigned to other active-duty bands.

In order for the planned manning reductions to take effect, the fiscal 2013 budget must be approved by Congress and signed into law by the president.

For information about the overall Air Force's planned manning changes, go to http: // www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123292694.

Although subject to change, some of the Reserve's manning changes submitted as part of the fiscal 2013 budget proposal include:

* Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. -- Lose one full-time active Guard and Reserve position.

* Joint Base Andrews, Md. -- Add one part-time drilling Reservist position; add one full-time ART/civilian position.

* Barksdale AFB, La. -- Lose 409 part-time drilling Reservist positions; lose 171 full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Beale AFB, Calif. -- Add one part-time drilling Reservist position; add one full-time ART/civilian position.

* Buckley AFB, Colo. -- Lose two full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Joint Base Charleston, S.C. -- Add three part-time drilling Reservist positions; add one full-time ART / civilian position.

* Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. -- Lose two full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Dover AFB, Del. -- Add two part-time drilling Reservist positions; add one full-time ART/civilian position.

* Eglin AFB, Auxiliary Field 3, Fla. -- Add two part-time drilling Reservist positions; add two full-time ART/ civilian positions.

* Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska -- Add nine part-time drilling Reservist positions; add three full-time ART/civilian positions.

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* Grissom ARB, Ind. -- Lose four part-time drilling Reservist positions; lose nine full-time ART/civilian positions O Hill AFB, Utah

* Add one part-time drilling Reservist position; add two full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Homestead ARB, Fla. -- Lose 40 part-time drilling Reservist positions; lose 13 full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Hurlburt Field, Fla. -- Add 54 part-time drilling Reservist positions; add nine full-time ART/ civilian positions.

* Keesler AFB, Miss. -- Add five part-time drilling Reservist positions; add five full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas -- Lose 385 part-time drilling Reservist positions; add one full-time AGR position; and lose 178 full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. -- Lose one full-time AGR position.

* Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. -- Add one part-time drilling Reservist position; add one full-time ART/civilian position.

* Little Rock AFB, Ark. -- Add five part-time drilling Reservist positions.

* Luke AFB, Ariz. -- Add 1 part-time drilling Reservist position; add two full-time ART/civilian positions.

* MacDill AFB, Fla. -- Add six part-time drilling Reservist positions; add one full-time ART/civilian position.

* March ARB, Calif. -- Lose 12 part-time drilling Reservist positions; lose 14 full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Maxwell AFB, Ala. -- Add two part-time drilling Reservist positions; add one full-time ART/civilian position.

* McConnell AFB, Kan. -- Add one full-time ART/civilian position.

* Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. -- Add three part-time drilling Reservist positions; add one full-time ART/ civilian position.

* Minneapolis-St. Paul IAP ARS, Minn. -- Add one part-time drilling Reservist position; lose one full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Nellis AFB, Nev. -- Add one full-time ART/civilian position.

* Niagara Falls IAP ARS, N.Y. -- Lose one part-time drilling Reservist position; add nine full-time ART/civilian positions.

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* Patrick AFB, Fla. -- Add 10 part-time drilling Reservist positions; add four full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Pentagon -- Lose five full-time AGR positions.

* Peterson AFB, Colo. -- Add one part-time drilling Reservist position; add one full-time ART/civilian position.

* Pittsburgh IAP ARS, Pa. -- Lose 1,122 part-time drilling Reservist positions; lose 45 full-time AGR positions; and lose 281 full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Pope Field, N.C. -- Add six part-time drilling Reservist positions; add three full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Robins AFB -- Lose 35 full-time ART/civilian positions; lose 45 active-duty positions.

* Schriever AFB, Colo. -- Add 56 part-time drilling Reservist positions; add 23 full-time AGR positions; and add 1 full-time ART / civilian position.

* Scott AFB, Ill. -- Add 23 part-time drilling Reservist positions; add 13 full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. -- Add one part-time drilling Reservist position; add three full-time ART / civilian positions.

* Tinker AFB, Okla. -- Lose 61 part-time drilling Reservist positions; lose 21 full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Travis AFB, Calif. -- Add one part-time drilling Reservist position; add two full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Tyndall AFB, Fla. -- Add one full-time ART/ civilian position.

* Westover ARB, Mass. -- Lose four part-time drilling Reservist positions; lose 13 full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas -- Lose 40 part-time drilling Reservist positions; lose 13 full-time ART/civilian positions.

* Whiteman AFB, Mo. -- Lose five part-time drilling Reservist positions; add one full-time ART /civilian position.

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* Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio -- Add 49 part-time drilling Reservist positions; add 11 full-time ART / civilian positions

* Youngstown ARS, Ohio -- Lose 97 part-time drilling Reservist positions; lose 33 full-time ART/civilian positions.

(Thompson is a public affairs officer working in the Office of Air Force Reserve in the Pentagon.)
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