As Air Force leaders cast about for more ways to trim costs, quality-of-life endeavors are getting a fresh look. “We have to look deeper and determine what are benefits and what are perks,” cautions CMSAF Rodney McKinley, the service’s top enlisted man. Service officials are reviewing just what airmen need to ensure their readiness and have gym access 24 hours a day may not be necessary. Other ways to cut costs include such efforts as consolidating dining facilities and satellite fitness centers. Lt. Gen. Roger Brady, USAF’s personnel chief, says “We may sacrifice some convenience, but it’s important airmen know that their readiness will always be at the forefront.” However, Brady notes that key family services like child care will remain largely untouched by budget cuts.
The Department of the Air Force has selected Patrick Space Force Base, Fla., as the preferred location for Space Training and Readiness Command (STARCOM) headquarters—and hopes to start moving in by fall of next year.