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Fort Bliss first choice for AF security forces training

Jun. 27, 2013 - 09:03PM   |  
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The Air Force wants to build a training center for its security forces at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Camp Guernsey, Wyo., is the Air Force’s second choice for the Security Forces Ground Combat Training Center. The center is expected to train roughly 8,500 students per year by October 2014.

Under the Air Force’s consolidation plan, regional training centers at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Fort Wolters, Texas, Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, N.J., and Eglin Air Force Base would close. Camp Guernsey, which specializes in nuclear training, would continue to be the center for Nuclear Training Excellence.

“The selection of Fort Bliss as the preferred alternative is the result of a deliberate, enterprise-wide assessment,” said Timothy Bridges, deputy assistant secretary for installations. “This consolidation will ensure standardized career field training of varying capabilities operated under centralized control and execution.”

A 2010 study conducted by the Air Force Security Forces Center concluded that consolidating existing training locations would result in higher-quality and more consistent training, and increase economies of scale. The Air Force said that consolidating the training centers would allow security forces to be more responsive to combatant commands and adapt training quickly to the latest enemy tactics.

The final decision will be made after an environmental study is completed this summer.

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