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Air Force moves forward with restructuring plan

Mar. 29, 2013 - 01:42PM   |  
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The Air Force will move forward on force structure changes and retiring aircraft all slated to be cut before the budget fight, which put everything on hold.

The service's fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act implementation plan states the service will cut 55 aircraft in 2013 that had been approved in the 2011 and 2012 budgets, including C-21s, F-16s and multiple C-130 variants. The service also plans to cut 14 more MC-130Ps and C-5s in fiscal 2014, according to the plan.

The fiscal 2013 NDAA gives the Air Force authorization to divest three A-10 squadrons, one in each component, along with retiring 16 KC-135Rs.

The implementation plan states the Air Force will, no later than April 1, provide Congress with a plan to consolidate Aerospace Control Alert stations. The service originally planned to end alert operations at Duluth Air National Guard Base, Minn., and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Full-time operations at these bases will continue in fiscal 2013 while the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command decide on their future.

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