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Commission's Air Force Restructure Plan Met With Criticism In Middle Georgia

What will the U.S. Air Force look like in the future?

If a series of 42 recommendations by a task force to study the Air Force are approved by Congress, it’ll look smaller, especially in Warner Robins.

One of the recommendations in the report by the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force calls for eliminating the Air Force Reserve Command.

Retired Major General Robert McMahon is the head of the 21st Century Partnership, which works to protect Robins Air Force Base.

He says cutting back the Air Force is a bad idea.

"The impact of that decision would essentially eliminate approximately 1100 jobs with a total economic impact estimated to be about a quarter of a billion dollars," said McMahon.

The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force’s report is now in the hands of President Obama and congressional defense committees.

Congressman Austin Scott has said he will use his position on the House Armed Services Committee to oppose the recommendation.

Meanwhile, Boeing is eliminating another 100 jobs at its plant in Macon. The company is phasing out work on its Chinook helicopter.

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