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Brooks wing reorganizes as base takes next step towards closure

by Joe N. Wiggins
311th Air Base Group Public Affairs

10/7/2009 - Brooks City-Base, Texas (AFNS) -- In a move designed to better manage Air Force operations at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio as the installation moves toward the BRAC-mandated 2011 closure, officials have reorganized the 311th Human Systems Wing into the 311th Air Base Group.

Col. Harry R. Kimberly III became the commander of the new 311th ABGp as part of an announcement made by Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Owen, commander of Aeronautical Systems Center, headquarted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Jaime E. Hurley was the director of the 311th HSW and retired after 30 years of service.

Since it was first established in October 1998, members of the 311th HSW provided operational support for the Air Force Research Laboratory, the 77th Aeronautical Systems Group, the Air Force Audit Agency, the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment and fifteen other tenant organizations. They also provided support for 3,500 military and civilian personnel, 7,000 students and 10,500 family members. Wing officials managed a 1,300 acre complex with 1.7 million square feet of space in more than 200 facilities.

As the base draws down to complete closure in September 2011, the activation of an air base group allows the staff to provide key oversight of closure functions, while other support activities will be provided by units at Lackland and Randolph.

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