To help explain the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2006 Force Shaping Plan, Brig. Gen. Robert M. Worley II, Director of Plans and Programs for Air Force Space Command visited personnel here Nov. 1
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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.--To help explain the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2006 Force Shaping Plan, Brig. Gen. Robert M. Worley II, Director of Plans and Programs for Air Force Space Command visited personnel here Nov. 1, along with the command’s space and missile officer assignments chief, Maj. Chad Deranger.
The “Spread the Word” campaign was initiated by the Secretary of the Air Force to achieve face-to-face information delivery about upcoming reductions to the officer corps. It is the goal of the Secretary to have all leaders, supervisors and affected officers briefed by Nov. 30. The Air Force’s major commands are sending general officers with a team to visit bases aligned under them. Los Angeles AFB is the second of eight bases General Worley’s team will visit.
”The decision to separate people to shape the force the way we are is one that was taken very seriously. It was taken under great consideration,” said General Worley.
The force shaping effort underway now, will affect officers commissioned in calendar years 2002 and 2003. Designated specialties in those year groups are the focus of current force shaping implementation that will end with officers being separated no later than Sept. 29.
These actions are necessary to correct an imbalance among our enlisted force and our officer force which was a result of several actions the Air Force took in 2004 and 2005 to bring actual manning in line with our Congressionally authorized end strength. In short we are the right size, but the wrong shape. We currently have 4,000 too many officers, mostly company grade, and we have 6000 too few enlisted members.
“We want company grade officers to understand the process,” General Worley said discussing what he envisions his team accomplishing. At Los Angeles AFB there are approximately 175 officers assigned who are eligible under the provisions of force shaping.
About 600 people attended the three separate sessions—the first for SMC’s directors and other senior leaders, the second for the officers in the 2002 and 2003 year groups and the third session for other interested attendees. The team used a slideshow presentation to cover basic areas such as pertinent timelines, associated board requirements , and guidance on future decisions that will be made by the Secretary of the Air Force.
“I hope they take away a couple of things,” said General Worley regarding “Spread the Word” session attendees.
“First is that the Air Force values their service, and appreciates the fact that they volunteered to come in and serve during a time when the nation certainly needed them,” he said.
“Second is to come away with an understanding of the force-shaping background and process so they know how this is going to affect them. Finally, I hope they understand that they have several options for continuing to serve their nation, and transition assistance is readily available through family support centers,” said General Worley.
General Worley saw the visit as an attempt to connect and ensure an A-to-Z explanation of force shaping was conveyed and emphasized that the biggest reason the team came was to deliver this important information, face to face, and to answer questions. If the questions couldn’t be answered there, the team extended a promise to get the answers for them.
“It appears the Air Force is making every effort to keep its officer corps informed of the changes in how we mange the force structure and control end strength,” said Capt. Gregory Wolff, Los Angeles AFB’s Military Personnel Flight Chief.
The Air Force Personnel Center will update information periodically. Personnel are encouraged to check the AFPC Web site: http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/retsep/shape.htm.