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AF Reserve announces revised force structure actions,Tinker reductions

Posted 1/25/2013   Updated 1/25/2013 Email story   Print story


507th ARW Public Affairs

1/25/2013 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The Air Force Reserve Command is proceeding with force structure changes authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013 which directs the retirement of four KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft flown out of Tinker AFB by the Air Reserve Component Associate Wings consisting of the 507th (Air Force Reserve Command) and the 137th (Oklahoma Air National Guard) Air Refueling Wings. This reduction of aircraft will bring the total number of KC-135's operating out of Tinker AFB to eight.

"We are dedicated to our mission and will continue to provide the best possible air refueling capability worldwide." Col. Russell Muncy, 507th ARW commander said. "Our commitment to our citizen Airmen, both reservists and guardsmen, here in Oklahoma is strong and we will support them along the way while we make this transition."

Addressing Air Force Reserve Command's force structure changes on a national level, Maj. Gen. Craig Gourley, vice commander of Air Force Reserve Command at Robins AFB, Ga. said, "In a difficult economy, the Air Force has to make tough choices. These force structure changes will take place over the next three years and are necessary to help meet Budget Control Act of 2011 resource levels."

From 1994 to 2005, the 507th ARW was previously equipped with eight KC-135 aircraft. The wing went from eight to 12 aircraft as a result of the 2005 Base Reduction and Closure process which also established the present associate wing relationship between the 507th ARW and the 137th ARW.

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