WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today reacted to news that the Air Force will eliminate the Tinker Air Force Base’s 3rd Combat Communications Group, also known as the Third Herd: 

“While additional cuts from the Air Force were expected, completely doing away with the Third Herd at Tinker is extremely disappointing.  These devastating cuts are just another example of President Obama’s disarming of our military.  These cuts, including the elimination of the Third Herd, an award winning group with a rich history of fighting for this country, jeopardize our future capability at a time of international insecurity.  A disappointing aspect of this announcement is that Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz was just with me in Oklahoma City yesterday.  Of course he couldn’t say anything then, because he answers to his Commander-in-Chief, President Obama: the very one who is making these cuts. 

“Since taking office, President Obama has continued to cut our military year after year.  At the same time he has run up over $5 trillion in deficit spending.  I will do all I can to fight these cuts.” 


-          Oklahoma will lose 1,131 military and civilian Air Force personnel.

o   Tinker:  948 total losses (600 losses announced today are from the Third Herd)

o   Altus:  109 total losses

o   Vance:  31 total losses

o   Will Rogers:  43 total losses

o   Tulsa:  will gain 2

o   Norman:  2 total losses