Air Force report recommends eliminating Robins command | Families
A report by a federal commission recommends eliminating the Air Force Reserve Command based at Robins Air Force Base.
Base officials say the command employs about 1,100 people at Robins.
That recommendation came from the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. Congress created that group to study the future of the Air Force and how it should organized.
Their report is only a recommendation that Congress could accept or reject or change.
But the report says Air Force generally should look at moving as much manpower into the Reserve and Air National Guard components as possible.
That change, along with eliminating the Numbered Air Forces, would result in significant cuts to personnel as well as more integration at the staff level, the Air Force Times reported.
They reported that the positions of chief of the Air Force Reserve and director of the Air National Guard, a set of three-star officers "with direct access to the Chief of Staff and with small but sufficient staffs to allow them to properly advise Air Force leadership," would remain.
The commission urged Congress to allow the Air Force to save money by closing installations. The Air Force Times wrote that was "unlikely to go over well" with Congress.
Air Force officials have complained that Congress' refusal to allow base closures prevents the service from generating needed savings, which in turn forces the current budget cuts to come out of readiness and modernization accounts.