Oklahoma-Based Tinker Air Force Base Losing 269 Jobs

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Two Air Force cost-cutting initiatives mean a restructuring at Tinker Air Force Base and a loss of 269 positions in the 26,000- person workforce.

Maj. Gen. David Gillett, commander of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, said the changes are a part of the Department of Defense's effort to increase efficiencies, reduce overhead costs and eliminate redundant functions.

The Air Force Materiel Command is reducing the number of its centers from 12 to five, which is expected to save the Air Force $109 million annually. Tinker will become the site for the Air Force Sustainment Center and will be commanded by a three-star general. When it is activated next fall, it will execute the command's maintenance and supply chain activities and consolidate management overhead at the three air logistics centers and the Global Logistics Support Center, Gillett said. However, that means losing nearly 300 positions at Tinker.

"Foremost, we are committed to taking care of our people and their families," Gillett said. "We will make every effort to minimize the impact by eliminating positions that are currently vacant and through the use of voluntary retirement and separation incentives."

The AFMC said it is moving away from its traditional, management- staff model, with a center and headquarters staff on each AFMC base. By creating a lead center for each of its five mission areas, it will streamline the way it accomplishes its work without harming its ability to perform its mission, according to a statement.

Another change affecting Tinker is the Air Force's Global Base Support Initiative, which Gillett said will standardize and consolidate base operating support activities across the Air Force. …