Here is the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) listing for Pope AFB. As you can see, I’ll be finding a new home soon.
Information taken from here: BRAC 2005 Listing
Pope Air Force Base – Realign
Manpower: The installation will lose 5,969 military and 345 civilians and gain 1,148 military and 1,153 civilians for a total loss of 4,821 military and a net total gain of 808 civilians.
Air Force Recommendations:
Move 25 C-130 aircraft to Little Rock AFB, Ark. Move 36 A-10 aircraft to Moody AFB, Ga. Transfer ownership of Pope AFB to the U.S. Army. Receive C-130 aircraft from Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station, Pa., and Yeager Air Guard Station, W.Va., to form an AFRC Wing. Create active duty association on AFRC C-130 aircraft. Numerous Air Force units (3 APS, 18 ASOG, 14 ASOS, 373 TRS DET 1, and others) remain in place continuing to provide support to the Army and become tenants to the Army on an expanded Ft. Bragg.
Close Ft. McPherson, Ga. Move the HQs US Army Forces Command, and the HQs US Army Reserve Command to Pope Air Force Base. Close Ft. Gillem. Move the HQs US Forces Command VIP Explosive Ordnance Support to Pope AFB.
Establish joint mobilization sites. Realign Ft. Eustis, Va., Ft Jackson, S.C., and Ft Lee, Va., by relocating all mobilization processing functions to Ft. Bragg, N.C., and designating it as Joint Pre-Deployment/Mobilization Site Bragg/Pope.
— Air Force Actions:
What: Receive C-130 aircraft from Pittsburgh ARS and Yeager AGS.
Why: This consolidation is part of a larger effort to consolidate the C-130 force structure into larger, more effective units. Placing this AFRC presence at Ft. Bragg will maintain the synergy that has existed between Army maneuver units and Air Force tactical airlift at Pope AFB.
What: Create an active duty association on AFRC C-130 aircraft.
Why: This is part of a larger effort across the Air Force forming reverse associate units. Active duty manpower and crews will share in the operation and maintenance of reserve component aircraft. This will provide the active duty with greater access to reserve component airframes and creates opportunities for seasoning active duty members through association with the corporate experience retained in the reserve component. Creation of an associate unit at Pope/Ft. Bragg allows for support of active duty members assigned to the associate unit.
— Joint Actions:
What: Close Ft. McPherson. Move the HQs US Army Forces Command and the HQs US Army Reserve Command to Pope AFB.
Why: Ft McPherson, an administrative installation, moves the tenant headquarters organizations to Pope AFB. It enhances the Army’s military value, is consistent with the Army’s Force Structure Plan, and maintains adequate surge capabilities to address future unforeseen requirements. This closure allows the Army to employ excess capacities at installations that can accomplish more than administrative missions. The organization relocations in this recommendation also create multifunctional, multi-component and multi-Service installations that provide a better level of service at a reduced cost. The recommended relocations also retain or enhance vital linkages between the relocating organizations and other headquarters activities.
What: Close Ft. Gillem. Move the HQs US Forces Command VIP Explosive Ordnance Support to Pope AFB.
Why: Ft. Gillem, an administrative installation and an AAFES distribution center, moves small components of the HQs 3rd US Army and US Army Forces Command to Pope AFB. It enhances the Army’s military value, is consistent with the Army’s Force Structure Plan, and maintains adequate surge capabilities to address future unforeseen requirements. This closure allows the Army to employ excess capacities at installations that can accomplish more than administrative missions. The closure also enables the stationing of its tenant units at locations that will increase their ability to associate with like units and promote coordination of efforts.
What: Joint Mobilization Sites realign lower threshold mobilization sites to existing large capacity sites and transforms them into Joint Pre-Deployment/ Mobilization Platforms.
Why: Joint Mobilization Sites are expected to have the long-term effect of creating pre-deployment/mobilization centers of excellence, leverage economies of scale, reduce costs, and improve service to mobilized servicemembers. This action specifically targets four of the larger capacity mobilization centers located in higher density Reserve Component personnel areas. These platforms have the added military value of strategic location, Power Projection Platform and deployment capabilities. The gaining bases all have an adjoining installation from another service(s), thereby gaining the opportunity to increase partnership and enhance existing joint service facilities and capabilities.
— Air Force Actions:
What: Move 25 C-130 aircraft to Little Rock AFB, Ark.
Why: Other than locations where active duty personnel are in a reverse associate organizations with reserve component units, Little Rock AFB will become a single location for CONUS active duty C-130 force structure. This consolidation presents opportunities for efficiency in maintaining an aging aircraft fleet. Additionally, this allows similar consolidations within other weapon systems and facilitates high value recommendations of other services.
What: Move 36 A-10 aircraft to Moody AFB, Ga.
Why: This consolidation is part of a larger effort to consolidate the A-10 fleet in fewer locations.
— Joint Actions: NONE.