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A drawback of military personnel and operations through cuts to the Department of Defense budget outlined in Pres. Barack Obama’s 2013 budget will mean a net loss of 948 positions at Tinker Air Force Base. It will inactivate the U.S. Air Force's 3rd Combat Communications Group, also known as the Third Herd.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin criticized the president’s budget and denounced the Oklahoma job cuts.
“The announced cuts to Oklahoma Air Force personnel are both disappointing and alarming,” she said in a prepared statement. “Oklahoma’s Air Force bases are not only important parts of their local communities; they play a vital role in our national defense. The decision to eliminate hundreds of military and civilian Air Force personnel will mean Oklahoma will lose jobs and the United States Air Force will be without quality units like the Third Herd.”
Photo by Mark Hancock