Air Force promises details about Langley personnel cuts

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary met with Virginia lawmakers Wednesday about the proposed personnel reductions at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton.

U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and U.S. Representatives Rob Wittman (R-1st), Scott Rigell (R-2nd) and Bobby Scott (D-3rd) met with Assistant Secretary Kathleen Ferguson, Deputy Chief Management Officer Mr. Bill Booth and Major General Theresa Carter.

The briefing comes after Warner, Kaine, Scott, Forbes, Rigell and Wittman sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James earlier this month. They requested details about the proposed cuts and urged the Air Force to consider Langley as the location of for a new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC).

Wednesday’s meeting ended with Air Force officials promising specifics on personnel reduction within 30 days, according to a joint news release from the lawmakers. Officials also committed to “go the extra mile” to accommodate personnel dislocated by the reductions.

The USAF also acknowledged the base would be considered for the new AFIMSC, which could create up to 350 new positions, according to the press release.

Members of the delegation released the following joint statement:

We appreciate Air Force Secretary James and Assistant Secretary Ferguson providing us with today’s briefing on the proposed reductions at Langley. We remain committed to working together as a delegation to ensure that all of Virginia’s military and civilian Air Force employees are provided every opportunity to continue to serve. We also are committed as a delegation to explore all opportunities to highlight the considerable advantages and existing investments, already made at Joint Base Langley Eustis.

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