The Air Force plans to hold a reduction in force board this month to identify 322 officers—as of May 31, the latest numbers available—in four year groups to leave the service by January 2008. That is a drop of 137 officers from data reported as of May 4. The Air Force has identified 208 RIF eligibles in the 1995 year group, 163 for 1996, 254 for 2000, and 591 for 2001. Helicopter, bomber, and reconnaissance aircraft pilots are no longer on the list of RIF eligibles. The career field that must cut the greatest number across the four groups is communications/information. (The May 31 RIF numbers for each year group by specialty are available here.) The Air Force plans to announce its Fiscal 2008 force shaping programs in July.
Robins Air Force Base, Ga., has completed two environmental reviews, clearing the way for new construction to support the bases four new missions sets, which will replace the E-8 Joint STARS mission that has defined the base for decades.