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Monday, October 05, 2015

77 Air Base Wing transfers to AFGSC

20th Air Force Pubilc Affairs

10/5/2015 - F.E. WARREN AFB, Wyo. -- The 377 Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, became part of 20th Air Force Oct. 1, 2015 as it shifts from Air Force Material Command to Air Force Global Strike Command.

The 377th ABW, along with the 28th Bomb Wing from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, and the 7th BW from Dyess AFB, Texas, moved into AFGSC as part of a consolidation of missions into AFGSC numbered air forces.

The consolidation of the 377th along with the three AF ICBM wings into 20th AF is specifically intended to help streamline the nuclear enterprise by placing operational mission support within the AF's nuclear major command.  The move of the B-1s from the 28th BW and the 7th BW from Air Combat Command into 8th AF will consolidate all the AF's bombers into one NAF within AFGSC.

Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, commander of 20th AF, said "The U.S. Air Force is always seeking to improve the way we do business.  The transfer of the 377 Air Base Wing highlights the continued improvements the Air Force is making in the nuclear enterprise to ensure we remain the most credible, capable and reliable force for our Nation."

General Weinstein further stated that the nuclear capabilities of the U.S. military form the backbone of U.S. national security.

The realignment of the 377th ABW is designed to enhance operational and maintenance support to multiple organizations, providing vital expertise within the nuclear enterprise, to include:  The Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, The Air Force Research Laboratory, The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, The Space and Missile Systems Center, The Air Force Inspection Agency and The Air Force Safety Center.

The move of the 377th to 20th AF will not affect employment within the surrounding communities of Kirtland AFB and will primarily be administrative in nature.  The 377 ABW will continue to serve as the host installation for various tenant units at Kirtland AFB. Approximately 1,796 military and government civilians will be realigned from AFMC to AFGSC, but will still remain at their current positions.

Weinstein added, "The stewardship of Kirtland AFB under Air Force Material Command was second to none.  We are proud to welcome the 377th to 20 AF and we will strive to continue their superb legacy and warfighter support to our Air Force."

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