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Re: BI-0123 - C-130 Squadron Size
Requester: BRAC Commission (Mr. Ken Srnall)
Please provide a copy of briefings, white papers, or other summary information that
explains the pros and cons of C-130 size, 8, 12, or 16 PAA. The Commission desires to
understand the military value of forming larger squadrons by eliminating units that have
performed well during the last 20 years.
The Air Force used its military judgment and experience of operating C-130 aircraft to
develop optimum size squadrons (16 PAA being optimum and 12 PAA as acceptable) to
support the AEF warfighting construct and peacetime operations. As testified by Mr
Dominguez, the Acting Secretary of the Air Force before the BRAC commission,
"...fightin forward or defending our homeland through an AEF concept...requires
optimally sized garrison forces to sustain the forward forces without undue strain on
those sustaining the mission at home." Also, in his testimony to the Commission, Gen
Jumper, Chief of Staff of the Air Force stated. "...larger squadrons maximize warfighting
capability by exploiting economies of scale and make squadrons more efficient and
The Air Force White Paper outlining desired Air Force squadron sizes is located at
attachment 1. Additionally, the current draft of an Air Force Studies and Analysis
Agency (AFSAA) study that is in progress is located at attachment 2. The AFSAA study
,wa.s not used during development of the Air Force recommendations.
DAVID L. OHANSEN, Lt Col F USAF
Chief. Base Realignment and Closure Division
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