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Utah's Hill Air Force Base loses a squadron

Published June 28, 2013 12:22 pm

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Hill Air Force Base is losing an operation squadron Friday as part of an Air Force-wide initiative to have the right number of people in the right jobs.

The 388th Maintenance Operations Squadron was deactivated in an afternoon ceremony on base. The 150 members of the squadron, which supports F-16 operations, will now fall under a different squadron.

Col. Dane West, 388th Maintenance Group commander, said in a news release that the inactivation stems from an Air Force need to correct an imbalance in the numbers of certain personnel.

The move is not directly related to sequestration, said Andrea Mason, a spokeswoman for the 388th. Congressional sequestration is requiring military-wide cuts and furloughs.

The 388th MOS traces its roots to 1942. It came to HAFB in 1991 as the 388th Logistics Support Squadron and was given its current name in 2002.

Three times, in 1992, 1996 and 2003, it was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

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