Tyndall AFB Issues Statement on DOD Realignment

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The Department of Defense recommended Friday realigning three organizations at Tyndall AFB in conjunction with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.

The first realignment recommendation will move base-level F100 engine intermediate maintenance from Tyndall AFB to establish a centralized intermediate repair facility (CIRF) for F100 engines at new Orleans Air Reserve Station, La., an Air National Guard unit. The F100 engine is used on Tyndall's assigned F-15C/D Eagle aircraft.

The second realignment recommendation brings base-level F-15 intermediate-level maintenance from Langley AFB, Va., to establish a CIRF for F-15 avionics at Tyndall AFB.

The final realignment recommendation affects one of Tyndall's associate units, the Air Force Research Laboratory. The action calls for moving AFRL's non-medical chemical biological defense research to Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and consolidating it with AFRL.

According to the BRAC report, moving AFRL's mission will increase synergy, focus on joint needs, efficiently use equipment and facilities by collocating tri-service and defense activities performing functions in chemical-biological defense and medical research, development and acquisition.

The purpose of DOD's recommendations is to make the most efficient and effective use of all of the department's sources; to improve operational efficiency; to save taxpayer dollars; and to enhance the combat effectiveness of our military force.

"The Air Force took a hard, balanced look at its bases before making any closure or realignment recommendation," said Brig. Gen. Jack Egginton, 325th Fighter Wing commander. "Realigning specific Air Force missions will save billions of dollars, allowing the Department of Defense the opportunity to focus funds on maintaining and modernizing facilities needed to better support our forces, recruit quality personnel, modernize equipment and infrastructure, and develop capabilities needed to meet 21st century threats."

The DOD recommendations will be forwarded to an independent BRAC commission, who then forwards its recommendations to President Bush for review and approval. From there, the president forwards his recommendation to Congress, and Congress has 45 legislative days to act on the commission report on an all-or-none basis.

After that time, the commission's Base Realignment and Closure recommendations become law.

Base officials are now reviewing these recommendations in order to assess the possible impact on base personnel and resources. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Local communities can address their concerns directly to the Independent BRAC Commission at one of their planned regional meetings. For more information on those meetings, contact the Independent BRAC Commission at (703) 699-2950 or (703) 299-2708.