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Barksdale Air Force Base will see effects of Air Force cuts and realignments

Barksdale Air Force Base will see reduction of approximately 167 authorizations base-wide. Barksdale Air Force Base will see reduction of approximately 167 authorizations base-wide.
BARKSDALE AFB, LA (KSLA) - Air Force leaders announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization today, in an effort to "create efficiencies by deactivating and realigning organizations at headquarters Air Force, major commands (MAJCOMs), numbered air forces and field operating agencies."

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the changes are expected to result in savings of $1.6 billion across the Air Force in the next five years.

As a result, Barksdale Air Force Base will see "reduction of approximately 167 authorizations base-wide," according to Carla Pampe, a spokeswoman for the base.

"This reorganization will not change commanders' authority at the wing level," Pampe says. "All Air Base Wings and Mission Support Groups will remain aligned to their existing parent MAJCOM. In the future, installations will receive most of their installation support guidance and resources from a central source - the Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center."

Pampe explains that the reorganization doesn't mean that 167 people will lose their jobs, but some might be reassigned to a different agency. It's all part of a larger Air Force plan to become more streamlined. "In the future, the Air Force must become smaller while providing the capabilities the nation needs. This means our workforce and installations of the future will look and operate differently. However, we remain committed to providing our Airmen and their families the installation and mission support they deserve."

But some Air Force veterans are not on board with the plan like Bossier City couple Frank and Holly Junge, both retired from the Air Force. "We are not going to have the bodies, to protect the United States of America, that is my big concern," said Frank Junge.

"Even though we are retired, I look at it as a private citizen, who is going to be protecting us, if they are down sizing, down sizing, down sizing," Frank Junge added.

"I think the United States is losing a lot of credibility, once all of the nations hear around the world that we are downsizing, how much more of a laughing stock can we become?" Holly Junge questioned.

When asked about the possibility of a larger impact on BAFB, a spokesman for Louisiana Congressman John Fleming, M.D. says that "Rep. Fleming has asked several times, and been assured each time, that nothing is in the offing concerning any kind of move or restructuring of Global Strike Command." 

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