Niagara Gazette — "The task of the IAWG was to provide the Secretary of the Air Force with recommendations for the locations, numbers, primary or back-up status, and duration of the aircraft we retained," explained Col. James Jacobson, Chairman of the Intra-theater Airlift Working Group.
"The AF evaluated numerous criteria," Jacobson said. "Among the criteria, the Air Force focused its attention on intra-theater airlift locations still affected by force structure reductions taken as part of the (fiscal year 2013) President's Budget and locations that did not receive a backfill mission as part of the USAF Total Force Proposal."
Leaders pointed out that none of the aircraft are newly-acquired.
"These aircraft were all scheduled to be retired in 2013 and 2014," said Jacobson. "So, to meet the FY13 NDAA directive, we retained the aircraft and, in some cases, restored the associated personnel."
The service will reassess force structure during the FY15 budget cycle.