From Dayton Business Journal…
Wright-Patt overcoming budget challenges
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Budget constraints will be among the biggest challenges facing Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the coming years.
However, that won’t stop the base from completing its missions or working to add more missions, said Col. Amanda Gladney, who took command of Wright-Patt in June.
“We’re getting the job done,” she said. “We will adapt to deal with whatever is given to us.”
Gladney made the remarks to about 140 people Tuesday morning at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton as part of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce government affairs breakfast series.
As part of an update to the business community, Gladney said the base will complete BRAC facilities and have personnel in place by the September 2011 deadline, or earlier. As part of the Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, process, about 1,200 new military and civilian positions are in the process of moving to Wright-Patt from other bases in Texas, Florida, Arizona, New York and Massachusetts.
Wright-Patt provided a more than a $5.1 billion annual boost to the region last year, up $700 million from the previous year, according to a report released this summer by base officials.
With more than 27,000 workers, Wright-Patt is the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio.