Executive Correspondence – Letter to Chairman Principi from Jim Doyle, (Gov WI) Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold, Representatives Given Moore and Paul Ryan Page: 2 of 15
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Negative Impact on Retention:
The closure of Mitchell will also have a negative impact on retention for the Air Force Reserve.
According to information provided to the office of Congressman Paul Ryan by the Congressional
Research Service and Mitchell (See Attachment #2), Mitchell's overall retention rate exceeds
that of the Air Force Reserve. The following chart compares retention rates at Mitchell to the Air
Force Reserve at large:
Mitchell Retention rate
Air Force Reserve Retention rate
High Retention Rate = High Level of Experience
According to Air Force data, the closure of Mitchell would result in the loss of 1,800 years of
flying experience and 2,800 years of maintenance experience (Attachment #2). This is a
significant loss. It will take years for the Air Force to regain this level of capability.
The loss of experienced reservists will lead to a less capable force. We are very concerned that
this situation may have a direct impact on operations.
Closing Mitchell will have a negative impact on recruitment. It abandons a talent pool of 12
million people. There will be no Air Force Reserve presence in the major metropolitan area of
the Midwest. Additionally, closure will have a negative impact on retention, a key to
maintaining an experienced force.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Gov. Jim Doyle
Sen. Herb Kohl Sen. Russ Feingold
Rep. Pa Ry
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