YUBA COUNTY, CA - The workforce at Beale Air Force Base would shrink by about one-fifth under proposed defense department cutbacks.
The high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft base, which is about six miles east of Marysville, would lose 741 active duty military and 33 civilian positions in fiscal year 2012-13. Beale employs approximately 4,100.
The 9 Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs office says most of the cutbacks involve the previously-announced decision to retire Block 30 RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft and transfer MC-12Ws, which are used for surveillance and intelligence gathering and relaying, to four air National Guard locations elsewhere.
U-2 spy planes and one of four Phased Array Warning System locations in the U.S. would remain at Beale.
Congress is the final authority on the reductions.