The manpower at Beale Airforce base is expected to shrink under the proposed budget for next year. The base is listed as losing 741active duty military positions and 33 active civilian positions in Fiscal Year 12/13 budgets. The Public Affairs office at Beale says most of the manpower changes are related to the previously announced Air Force proposals to retire all Block 30 RQ-4 Global Hawks and transfer the MC-12Ws to four Air National Guard locations within the U.S. Beale would still maintain a training unit for the MC-12Ws. The Air Force proposed changes are not final, as the U.S Congress is the final approval authority for the budget. Congressman Tom McClintock who sits on the budget committee says he voted against the military cuts.
“I sit on the budget committee and as you know, the Budget Control Act was passed over my opposition provided a program of my disproportionate cuts in defense, as opposed to the discretionary budget where we’ve just got enormous amounts of waste. They decided to pretty much leave that alone and go after defense instead.”
The U.S. Congress, working with Air Force, Department of Defense and the President, may modify the budget or reallocate funding for aircraft and manpower. Gen. Paul H. McGillicuddy, 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander says “Even with these proposed reductions, Beale will remain a vital part of the Air Force’s global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission,” and,” our ties to the surrounding community are unwavering.” But, reductions in the manpower at Beale will no doubt have a rippling effect in the local economy. Beale Air force base has been called the economic meal ticket for Yuba County.