Air Force's Top Enlisted Leader Emphasizes 'Shaping' of Force

March 14, 2012

The U.S. Air Force's top enlisted leader reassured airmen in Europe on Wednesday that despite the Pentagon's current fiscal constraints, the service would not see the level of downsizing that occurred about five years ago, when the Air Force began reducing its force by more than 40,000.

"We're not downsizing. We've done that. We're shaping the force," Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy told thousands of airmen packed into an aircraft hangar at Ramstein Air Base during an all-hands call.

Over the next 10 years, the Air Force will reduce its personnel numbers by about 10,000 airmen, with reductions affecting both active duty as well as Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, Roy said. 

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