Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Wright-Patterson is where weapons systems of the future are conceived, modified, and tested until worthy of acceptance as part of the most responsive force in the history of military aviation.
The military presence began here in 1917 when Wilbur Wright Field was opened on the site of today's flightline to train pilots, armories, and gunners during World War I. A depot also began operating here. Aviation research and development continued to flourish as well. First, McCook Field was built at what is now the intersection of State Route 4 and Interstate 75. Then Wilbur Wright Field was established where the present runway is. In 1924, Wright Field was established on land donated by the community. Wilbur Wright Field and the depot area became Patterson Field on July 6, 1931, in honor of Lt. Frank Patterson, who was killed in 1918 in a flightline crash of a DH-4 while flight testing the synchronization of machine gun and propeller. In 1948, Wright and Patterson fields were merged and created Wright-Patterson AFB.
Today, as in the early 1900s, Wright-Patterson is where weapon systems of the future are conceived, tested and modified by the base's 10,000 researchers, scientists, and engineers. Wright-Patterson has evolved into the largest, most diverse and organizationally complex base in the Air Force. Missions range from logistics management, research and development, education, flight operations, and many other defense related activities. Wright-Patterson AFB is the home of the headquarters of a vast worldwide logistics system supporting the entire Air Force. It also has the foremost aeronautical research and development center in the Air Force.
Wright-Patterson AFB has a work force numbering approximately 24,000 people, making it the fifth largest employer in the state of Ohio and the largest employer at a single location. It is home for more than 70 units representing 7 different Air Force commands and a host of DOD organizations. The base pays out nearly $3 million in salaries every day of the year totaling an annual payroll of approximately $1.2 billion.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Wright-Patterson AFB and two other installations by relocating Air & Space Information Systems Research and Development & Acquisition to Hanscom AFB, MA. This recommendation would reduce the number of technical facilities engaged in Air & Space Sensors, Electronic Warfare, and Electronics and Information Systems RDAT&E from 6 to 2. Through this consolidation, the Department would increase efficiency of RDAT&E operations resulting, in a multi-functional center of excellence in the rapidly changing technology area of C4ISR. Assuming no economic recovery, this recommendation could result in a maximum potential reduction of 2,250 jobs (1,262 direct jobs and 988 indirect jobs) over the 2006-2011 period in the Dayton, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (0.44 percent).
In another recommendation, DoD would realign Tinker AFB, OK, Robins AFB, GA, and Hill AFB, UT, by relocating fixed wing related Air Platform Development and Acquisition to Wright Patterson AFB. DoD would also realign Wright Patterson AFB by relocating fixed wing related Live Fire Test and Evaluation to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, CA.
This recommendation would complete the consolidation of all Fixed Wing Air Platform RDAT&E, begun during the previous BRAC rounds, at two principal sites: Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, MD, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB), OH, while retaining several specialty sites. Research and Development & Acquisition would be performed at NAS Patuxent River and Wright-Patterson AFB. This recommendation included Research, Development & Acquisition and Test & Evaluation activities in Fixed Wing Air Platforms across the Navy and Air Force. The planned component moves would enhance synergy by consolidating to major sites, preserve healthy competition, leverage existing infrastructure, minimize environmental impact, and effect reasonable homeland security risk dispersal. The relocation of Fixed Wing Air Platform Research was previously accomplished in response to the S&T Reliance Agreements resulting in the consolidation at Wright Patterson AFB with the maritime related Fixed Wing Air Platform Research consolidated at NAS Patuxent River.
This recommendation would consolidate Air Force Development & Acquisition functions currently resident at Logistic Centers (Hill AFB, Tinker AFB, and Robbins AFB) at Wright-Patterson AFB. These moves would increase efficiency by creating RD&A centers with all attendant support activity and a robust acquisition organization available to all Air Force Fixed Wing Air Platform D&A functions. The consolidation of all Fixed Wing Air Platform Survivability Live Fire T&E at China Lake was driven by the inefficiencies that currently exist between the two sites (Wright Patterson AFB and China Lake), and the potential savings afforded by establishing a single live fire test range for fixed wing air platforms. China Lake had this capability and had been doing similar work related to weapons lethality for many years. This action would increase efficiency by reducing overall manpower requirements while also reducing redundancies that exist across the Live Fire Testing domain.
Assuming no economic recovery, this recommendation could result in a maximum potential reduction of 1 job (3 direct jobs lost and 2 indirect jobs gained) over the 2006-2011 period in the Dayton, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (less than 0.1 percent). Environmentally, a conformity analysis would be required at Wright-Patterson. An initial analysis indicated that a conformity determination would not be required. Additional operations might impact archeological or historic areas, which may restrict operations. Additional operations at Wright Patterson might further impact the Indiana Bat, a threatened and endangered species. The hazardous waste program at Wright-Patterson would require modification. Additional operations at Wright Patterson might impact wetlands, which may restrict operations.
In another recommendation, DoD would realign Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, by relocating Air Force Materiel Command V-22 activities in rotary wing air platform development and acquisition to Patuxent River, MD. This Air Land Sea & Space (ALSS) recommendation would realign and consolidate activities that were primarily focused on Rotary Wing Air Platform activities in Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation (DAT&E). This action would enhance the Joint Center at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Patuxent River. The end state of this recommendation would build upon existing rotary wing air platform technical expertise and facilities in place at the two principal sites and provides focused support for future aviation technological advances in rotorcraft development. The planned component moves would enhance synergy by consolidating rotary wing work to major sites, preserving healthy competition, and leveraging climatic/geographic conditions and existing infrastructure, minimize environmental impact. These consolidations would co-locate aircraft and aircraft support systems with development and acquisition personnel to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of rotary wing air platform design and development activities. Assuming no economic recovery, this recommendation could result in a maximum potential reduction of 108 jobs (59 direct jobs and 49 indirect jobs) over the 2006-2011 period in the Dayton, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (less than 0.1 percent).
In another recommendation, DoD would close the Air Force Research Laboratory, Mesa City, AZ and relocate all functions to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. DoD would also realign Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom, MA, by relocating the Sensors Directorate to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, and the Space Vehicles Directorate to Kirtland Air Force Base, NM. DoD would also realign Rome Laboratory, NY, by relocating the Sensor Directorate to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, and consolidating it with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensor Directorate at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. In the same recommendation, DoD would realign Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, by relocating the Information Systems Directorate to Hanscom Air Force Base, MA. This recommendation would realign and consolidate portions of the Air Force and Army Research Laboratories to provide greater synergy across technical disciplines and functions. It would do this by consolidating geographically separate units of the Air Force and Army Research Laboratories. This recommendation would enable technical synergy, and would position the Department of the Defense to exploit a center-of-mass of scientific, technical, and acquisition expertise. Assuming no economic recovery, this recommendation could result in a maximum potential reduction of 92 jobs (50 direct jobs and 42 indirect jobs) over the 2006-2011 period in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area (less than 0.1 percent). Environmentally, additional operations at Wright Patterson might further impact the Indiana Bat, a threatened and endangered species. Additional operations at Wright Patterson might impact wetlands, which may restrict operations.
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