Robins military rolls to be trimmed in fiscal 2013

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The Air Force has announced that Robins will lose a total of 83 military authorizations and one additional civilian authorization as part of the service's fiscal 2013 budget request.

The Air Force said in early February that it would request to trim its military end strength in 2013 by more than 9,000, but said only that the reductions would involve active duty, guard and reserve Airmen. Most civilian reductions were previously announced. On Tuesday, it offered more details about the changes (see related article at

Most of the authorizations at Robins are active duty positions in the 461st Air Control Wing and the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

The positions in the 461st ACW are tied to the loss of one Joint STARS E-8C, which the service has requested to retire in 2013 because the aircraft is "damaged beyond economical repair." Individuals impacted will be reassigned in the active duty Air Force through the normal assignment process.

The positions in the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve are being eyed for elimination because Air Force plans call for the unit to be deactivated, also in 2013. Airmen currently assigned to the band would be reassigned to other active duty bands, according to Air Force Reserve Command officials.

In all, the service plans to eliminate 5,100 guard, 3,900 active duty and 900 reserve authorizations.

It's all part of the Air Force's effort to align the force with the Defense Department's new defense strategy. It's also aimed at helping the Air Force do its part to help DoD trim $487 billion from its budget over the next 10 years, which the department is required to do by the Budget Control Act.