Members of a national commission examining cost efficiency in the military visited Tinker Air Force Base on Tuesday.
The site visit and a public hearing held at the Reed Center in Midwest City were part of a tour of 13 Air Force locations. The commission is tasked with studying the integration of the Air Force's three components — active, reserve and Air National Guard — and determining if and how the structure should be modified. A report is due to the president and Congress on Feb. 1.
Commission Chair Dennis McCarthy, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant, was joined by commissioners Gen. Raymond Johns Jr., retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry M. “Bud” Wyatt III and Janine Davidson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans.
They ate breakfast with airmen from all three components and spent time at the 507th Air Refueling Wing and the 552nd Air Control Wing. The commissioners also visited the depot maintenance production line for the KC-135 to learn about improvements that have reduced costs and increased production.