AETC to implement civilian workforce restructuring
By Staff Sgt. Clinton Atkins, Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
/ Published November 09, 2011
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Air Education and Training Command will reduce civilian manpower requirements by approximately 700 positions as a result of the Office of the Secretary of Defense-directed Resource Management Decision 703.
RMD-703 is the culmination of a DoD-wide comprehensive effort to increase efficiencies, reduce overhead costs, and eliminate redundant functions in order to improve the effectiveness of the DoD enterprise. The DoD released its decision to the public Nov. 2. The loss of positions lowers AETC civilian end strength down to the Fiscal Year 2010 level.
"The Air Force is facing challenging times," said Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., AETC commander. "We must continue to train and educate, but we have to find ways to produce exceptional Airmen with fewer resources. We need new models and frameworks to balance resources, requirements and risk. Relying on our training, experiences and education, we will find the answers."
Col. Michael Brice, director of AETC Manpower, Personnel and Services, explained that in FY 12 there are roughly 700 positions being cut, not people., AETC hopes to minimize the number of involuntary actions necessary to meet fiscal constraints and to reshape the Air Force for the future.
Through diligent planning, the command is using every tool at its disposal to try to mitigate the impact to the permanent civilian workforce such as a hiring freeze, as well as offering early retirement and voluntary separation with incentive pay
In the midst of increased fiscal constraints, AETC will continue to focus on its primary mission - developing America's Airmen today...for tomorrow.
"Every member of Air Education and Training Command is a valuable element of a skilled team, charged with transforming the youth of our society into skilled Airmen, those who have volunteered to defend the ideals and freedoms we all enjoy," Rice said. "We take immense pride as we develop them, educate them and train them so they are prepared for the leadership roles they will take on as their careers progress. As we make these reductions in authorized positions, we redouble our efforts to find the most efficient method for accomplishing every task. In the 'First Command' we have the opportunity to shape our legacy, and we will succeed by pursuing excellence in all we do."