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Air Force Reserve plans to change about 3,000 jobs in FY13

Graphic by Sylvia Saab

Graphic by Sylvia Saab

WASHINGTON -- The Air Force Reserve announced about 3,000 job changes on March 6 that will realign affected reservists into growing new career fields and help the Total Force reduce manning by 9,900 Airmen in fiscal 2013.

As some Air Force reservists have to move or travel to new jobs, the Air Force Reserve plans to decrease its end strength manning from 71,400 to 70,500 people in FY13.

"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 at the Pentagon. "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."

Besides the reduction of 900 Air Force reservists, the Air Force plans to decrease by 3,900 active-duty Airmen and 5,100 Air National Guard Airmen. These manning cuts are part of the Air Force's force structure changes to align with the president's FY13 budget plan presented to Congress on 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 is about $54 billion and Air Force leaders plan to save $8.7 billion in FY13.

"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," Stenner said. "As people face career and life changing plans, we want them to know that 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 Air Force Reserve Command is the planned closure of the 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh 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 planned to remain operational.

Officials at Air Force Reserve Command 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 air reserve technicians are managed through the ART Officer Career Management Program office and can call 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 further 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 FY13. The 45 active-duty Airmen currently assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command headquarters at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., will be reassigned to other active-duty bands.

In order for the planned manning reductions to take effect, the FY13 budget must be approved by Congress and signed into law by the president.

To see the all of the Air Force's planned manning changes state-by-state, go to: www.af.mil.

Although subject to change, some of the Air Force Reserve's manning changes submitted as part of the FY13 budget proposal include:

· Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. - lose one fulltime Active Guard Reserve position

· Joint Base Andrews, Md. - add one part-time drilling reservist position; add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Barksdale AFB, La. - lose 409 part-time drilling reservists positions; lose 171 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions.

· Beale AFB, Calif. - add one part-time drilling reservist position; add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Buckley AFB, Colo. - lose two fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Joint Base Charleston, S.C. - add three part-time drilling reservist positions; add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. - lose two fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Dover AFB, Del. - add two part-time drilling reservist positions; add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Eglin AFB, Auxiliary Field 3, Fla. - add two part-time drilling reservist positions; add two fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska - add nine part-time drilling reservist positions; add three fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Grissom ARB, Ind. - lose four part-time drilling reservist positions; lose nine fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Hill AFB, Utah - add one part-time drilling reservist position; add two fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Homestead ARB, Fla. - lose 40 part-time drilling reservist positions; lose 13 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Hurlburt Field, Fla. - add 54 part-time drilling reservist positions; add nine fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Keesler AFB, Miss. - add five part-time drilling reservist positions; add five fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions.

· Joint Base San Antonio, Texas - lose 385 part-time drilling reservist positions; add one fulltime Active Guard Reserve position; and lose 178 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions.

· Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. - lose one fulltime Active Guard Reserve position.

· Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. - add one part-time drilling reservist position; add 1 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Little Rock AFB, Ark. - add five part-time drilling reservist position

· Luke AFB, Ariz. - add one part-time drilling reservist position; add two fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· MacDill AFB, Fla. - add six part-time drilling reservist positions; add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· March ARB, Calif. - lose 12 part-time drilling reservist positions; lose 14 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Maxwell AFB, Ala. - add two part-time drilling reservist positions; add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· McConnell AFB, Kan. - add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. - add three part-time drilling reservist positions; add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Minneapolis-St. Paul ARS, Minn. - add one part-time drilling reservist position; lose one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Nellis AFB, Nev. - add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Niagara Falls, ARS, N.Y. - lose one part-time drilling reservist position; add nine fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Patrick AFB, Fla. - add 10 part-time drilling reservist positions; add four fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Pentagon - lose five fulltime Active Guard Reserve positions

· Peterson AFB, Colo. - add one part-time drilling reservist position; add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Pittsburgh ARS, Pa. - lose 1,122 part-time drilling reservist positions; lose 45 fulltime Active Guard Reserve positions; and lose 281 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Pope Field, N.C. - add six part-time drilling reservist positions; add three fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Robins AFB, Ga. - lose 35 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions; lose 45 active-duty positions

· Schriever AFB, Colo. - add 56 part-time drilling reservist positions; add 23 fulltime Active Guard Reserve positions; and add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Scott AFB, Ill. - add 23 part-time drilling reservist positions; add 13 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. - add one part-time drilling reservist position; add three fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Tinker AFB, Okla. - lose 61 part-time drilling reservist positions; lose 21 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Travis AFB, Calif. - add one part-time drilling reservist position; add two fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Tyndall AFB, Fla. - add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Westover ARB, Mass. - lose four part-time drilling reservist positions; lose 13 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas - lose 40 part-time drilling reservist positions; lose 13 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Whiteman AFB, Mo. - lose five part-time drilling reservist positions; add one fulltime air reserve technician/civilian position

· Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio - add 49 part-time drilling reservist positions; add 11 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

· Youngstown ARS, Ohio - lose 97 part-time drilling reservist positions; lose 33 fulltime air reserve technician/civilian positions

To read more about the Air Force's FY13 budget and future changes, go to www.af.mil.