Changes in the Air Force Could Affect Keesler

Contributor: Nick Patrick
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 2/06 8:31 pm
The Air Force is looking for some major budget relief by cutting down the total number of active airmen. This move could have a major local impact at Keesler Air Force Base. The national deficit has continued to skyrocket over the past several years, and not even the Department of Defense is immune to budget cuts. Brigadier General, Patrick Higby, says, "The maximum potential is a reduction of 25,000 airmen, which represents roughly eight percent of the force, so if Keesler took its fair share, it would be eight percent of the force structure here." That eight percent would come from nearly 2,000 airman at the base who are eligible for voluntary or involuntary separation programs. Higby also says, "And of course, our desire is that as many of those airmen as possible would look for other opportunities in the Guard or Reserve because ultimately, when you look at how the Air Force goes to war, it's a total force." This total force idea is exactly what Higby hopes he can maintain by moving active duty personnel to reserve roles. Higby closes, "So when I think about what I've invested into a given airmen in terms of the training and experience they had, I want to try to preserve that." Higby says the plan is already in action. He says the goal is to have these airmen transitioned out of the Active Duty Air Force by the end of this year.



Share
Gulfport
63° Cloudy Feels Like: 63° F
High: 74° F
Low: 46° F
Wind: NE 5 mph


Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's FCC public inspection file should contact: WXXV TV Attn: Bobby Edwards 14351 Highway 49 Gulfport, MS 39503 Phone: 228-831-5200 Email: bedwards@wxxv25.com or Donna Ingram Phone: 228-831-5201 Email: dkgingram@wxxv25.com. To view our public file, visit the 'About WXXV' link at the top of this page. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 1-888-225-5322 or fccinfo@fcc.gov.

Copyright © 2014 WXXV-TV and Morris Networks of MS All Rights Reserved