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Okla. Congressional Delegation Reacts to Tinker AFB Move (Nov 02, 2011)

WASHINGTON - Oklahoma’s congressional delegation today applauded an announcement by the U.S. Air Force that Tinker Air Force Base’s Air Logistics Center will become the new single head for Air Force sustainment and logistics.

The move is in line with Defense Department requirements to make $450 billion in spending cuts over the next decade. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. He says the move speaks volumes of the Tinker team and the quality of the work they produce…although he did say he wished Congress had been more involved in the decision-making process.

Inhofe’s colleague U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) says the ability of the Air Force to increase efficiency and provide greater support to the thousands of troops on the ground is crucial.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK4) called Tinker a crucial defense asset and a magnet for private contractors. Congressman James Lankford (R-OK5) says the move is a step forward, and he looks forward to working with the Air Force to implement the plan, even in a time of budget constraints.

The Air Force says there will be no large movements of personnel from the ALC, but there could be a reduction of a few personnel positions at Tinker and across the state. Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO Roy Williams says even with the loss of positions, some of the changes may have a positive impact in the long term. He says the improvement and expansion of the area around the base, including Tinker’s purchase of the former General Motors facility, makes the base vitally important.


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