WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) - The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Springfield Air National Guard Base Monday as it looks to make recommendations on the Air Force's future.
"They have to do with what should be in the Guard, what should be in the Reserves and what should be in the active component," says the Commission's Executive Director Dr. James Blackwell.
The committee believes the base visits will help in their decision.
"To get a firsthand sense from airmen, their leaders, the communities as to how the Guard, the Reserve and the active components work together," Blackwell says.
But with $55 billion in Air Force cuts expected over the next 10 years, we asked Blackwell if the commission's findings could lead to fewer airmen at the base.
"The commissions recommendations are directed along six or seven lines none of which have to do with closing or reducing activity at a particular base," Blackwell says.
He says the commission will take a broader look at whether to focus more on active duty airmen to improve readiness or whether to look more toward Guards or Reserves, who can be called upon when needed.
"There is a lively debate about those two sides of the coin and a range of alternatives in between," Blackwell says.
2 NEWS looked it up and found in a 2011 report that Wright-Patterson had more than 7,000 active duty airmen and more than 2,000 in the Guards and Reserves combined.
While not a direct impact, what the commission recommends could lead to changes in those numbers at Wright-Patt in the future.
"Someone else will make those determinations, not this commission," Blackwell says.
The commission's report is due in February.
Stay with 2 NEWS for the latest Monday on the commission's visit.
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