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Col. Chris Bargery, 65th Air Base Wing commander, opens the floor for questions from Airmen and Portuguese civilians of the 65th Air Base Wing during a briefing Dec. 14. Department of Defense officials announced the 65th ABW will transition from an air base wing to an air base group with a reduction of more than 400 military personnel and 500 family members by the end of fiscal year 2014. Force-structure changes at Lajes Field are estimated to garner savings of $35 million annually. (Photo by Lucas Silva)
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Team Lajes gets briefed about future of the installation

Posted 12/19/2012   Updated 12/19/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Lucas Silva
65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs


12/19/2012 - LAJES FIELD, Azores -- Members of the 65th Air Base Wing and Portuguese civilians attend a briefing in which Col. Chris Bargery, 65th Air Base Wing commander, explains the future of Lajes Field Dec. 14. Department of Defense officials announced the 65th ABW will transition from an air base wing to an air base group with a reduction of more than 400 military personnel and 500 family members by the end of fiscal year 2014. Force-structure changes at Lajes Field are estimated to garner savings of $35 million annually.



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12/27/2012 3:53:18 PM ET
Be careful not to leave to large of a void. China as you the US and Portugal well know have interests in the Azores. I'm sure they would be happy to take over operations if our footprint was not deemed finically significant enough to the Portuguese and Azorean economies. There is no other piece of real estate out there that fits the bill quite like Lajes. If Santa Maria would have worked we would have stayed there in the first place and not moved to Lajes.
Joseph Dias, Stockton CA
 
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