Air Force Reserve Command has announced streamlining and restructuring plans that will pull 158 positions from Dobbins Air Reserve Base but add 57 civilian slots to Robins Air Force Base.
Dobbins will lose 128 part-time and one full-time reservist position along with 35 civilian jobs due to the restructuring of 22nd Air Force at the Atlanta-area base. Dobbins will add five part-time reservists and one civilian position to man an exercise evaluation team mission.
The Robins increases are tied to the establishment of a new Air Force Reserve force generation center.
Two other states – California and Texas – are also impacted. California will add 132 positions overall, primarily at Beale Air Force Base where a new civil engineering unit will be activated. March Air Force Base will lose 107 slots essentially due to restructuring of 4th Air Force.
Texas will gain one slot after 106 are pulled from 10th Air Force in Fort Worth and 107 are added to Joint Base San Antonio, largely to form a new cyber operations unit.
“These changes are the result of a 13-month analytical effort intended to ensure we are operating as effectively and efficiently as possible,” Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner, Jr., commander of Air Force Reserve Command is quoted in an AFRC news release. AFRC Headquarters is located at Robins.
“Today’s reservists serve every day as interchangeable partners in the total force and are no longer held back just for big surges,” Stenner added.
Col. Greg Vitalis, Headquarters AFRC program manager, said the numbered air force cuts were the result of a focus on readiness.
“The major command headquarters will provide support to the wings in functional areas no longer resident at the numbered air forces and regional support groups,” Vitalis noted. “The numbered air forces will advocate for units’ readiness and will support inspection preparation.”
The streamlining removes personnel, intelligence, communications, chaplain, history, public affairs and medical directorates from the numbered air forces. It also inactivates three regional support groups at March, Fort Worth and Dobbins.
Stenner said the command will provide affected people time to adjust to the changes.
“We’re going to set up an employee-assistance data base to assist them so we can retain their expertise in the Air Force Reserve where and whenever possible,” he said.