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A federally-appointed commission will visit Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to gather information for an upcoming report on potential changes to the Air Force.

Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Dennis McCarthy is chairman of the group tasked with suggesting those alterations. Lt. Gen. McCarthy told reporters today their task is to “take a comprehensive look at the core structure of the Air Force.” He said they will use their findings in a report due February 2014 to “recommend…what that core structure should look like in the years ahead.”

President Barack Obama and Congress created the commission upon realizing the Air Force was going to be facing a decline in revenue and resources in the near future. Lt. Gen. McCarthy said the group is travelling to bases around the country to take a look at more than just infrastructure. “We go to the bases more to see the people than the facilities,” he said.

The commission will meet with service members on-base next week for several round table meetings, but officials couldn’t identify which specific units they will sit down with.

Lt. Gen. McCarthy said their goal is to make sure the branch is appropriately staffed while operating on a tighter budget.


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