TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tyndall AFB announced today they are moving forward with the Air Force directed Combat Air Forces reduction initiative that divests 48 F-15 aircraft currently assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing.

Under the plan, Tyndall and 16 other Air Force locations will accelerate the retirement of approximately 259 aircraft including 112 F-15s, 138 F-16s and 9 A-10s in fiscal year 2010.

The resulting cost savings of $355 million in fiscal year 2010 and $3.5 billion over the next five fiscal years will be used to modernize Air Force fighters and bombers, procure the munitions favored by joint warfighters and fund critical intelligence and other enabling technology.

As a result of the restructuring, 325th Fighter Wing officials anticipate a loss of approximately 800 positions during fiscal year 2010 and 2011.

Currently Tyndall aircraft are scheduled to relocate to Klamath Falls, Ore., Sheppard AFB, Texas, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. and Edwards AFB, Calif.

“Prior to departure, all F-15s will be reconfigured based on destination and will be given a final maintenance inspection,” said Col. Craig Hall, 325th Maintenance Group commander.

The first two F-15s have completed this process and are scheduled to depart for Sheppard AFB and Davis-Monthan AFB on April 9.

“The 325th Fighter Wing will continue to provide air dominance training for F-22 Raptor pilots, crew chiefs and maintenance personnel, as well as air battle managers, intelligence officers and air traffic controllers,” said Colonel James Browne, 325th Fighter Wing commander.

“Additionally we will continue our mission to provide support to the more than 30 tenant organizations assigned to Tyndall.”

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