Consolidation of the Air Force Logistics Command and the remainder of the Air Force Systems Command will have little immediate impact on Utah's Hill Air Force Base or a dozen other bases nationwide, officials said.
"You aren't going to see much change or a ripple effect at Hill Air Force Base," Capt. Ann Farmer at the AFLC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, said Thursday. "Basically, it's going to be business as usual for some time."Air Force Secretary Donald Rice announced the consolidation Thursday, saying the Systems Command headquarters will move from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., joining the AFLC headquarters at Wright-Patterson. It will be called the Air Force Materiel Command and will have more than 33,000 military personnel and 105,000 civilians with an $80 billion annual budget.
AFSC will begin moving an initial cadre of its approximately 1,000 headquarters military and civilian positions to Wright-Patterson on Oct. 1, Rice said. The new Air Force Materiel Command will be fully established by July 1, 1992.
Hill's principal tenant is the Ogden Air Logistics Center, part of the AFLC. It includes about 90 percent of Hill's some 14,000 civilian workers.
Gen. Charles McDonald, AFLC commander, said he expects no immediate changes at the bases in his command, including Hill; Kelly Air Force Base, Texas; McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.; Newark Air Force Base, Ohio; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.
The AFLC's primary mission is to repair and maintain Air Force weapons systems, such as Hill's responsibility over the F-16 and C-130. The Systems Command is involved in developing and acquiring new weapons systems.
"The Air Force and its commands and bases will continue to streamline and we'll continue toward becoming smaller," Farmer said.