Sheppard Military Affairs Committee Eyes Air Force Downsizing

The Air Force said in March 2010 that it was looking to get rid of 5,750 people by fiscal 2012. This week, at the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) Winter Forum, there was more discussion about cutting more from the Air Force.

At the forum Kathleen Ferguson, the Air Force's deputy assistant secretary for installations, said the Air Force has excess real estate. According to a release from the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee or SMAC, "the Air Force's new '20/20 by 2020' initiative is intended to pare the service's physical plant, made up of 80 major installations and a total inventory of 401 million square feet, by one-fifth by 2020. Such a cut would be equivalent to slashing 16 Air Force bases" The release goes on to say the other component of the Air Force's initiative calls for reducing operating costs for the remaining portfolio by 20 percent by 2020."

The Sheppard Military Affairs Committee (SMAC) is a member of the Association of Defense Communities (ADC). The ADC is one of many methods utilized by the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee to stay abreast of the activities and affairs in Washington that may affect Sheppard Air Force Base and the surrounding communities of Wichita Falls, Burkburnett, Iowa Park and Electra. SMAC was developed as a result of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC).

"It is important that we stand up for SAFB and remain vigilant as a community during this time of uncertainty." said Kay Yeager, Chairman of the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee.