Regional Corrosion Control Facilities
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The USAF Regional Corrosion Control Facility RCCF at Bergstrom Air Force Base, Texas, the first of four such facilities programmed, has been operational since January 1987. The other three are yet to be funded. After gaining three years of operational experience at the Bergstrom RCCF, it is obvious that the facility has contributed to satisfying Air Force needs and should continue in operation. However, one facility, operating under the current concept, can not satisfy the overall requirement. There is a current backlog of 577 F-15 and F-16 aircraft in TAC alone that are over six-years-old, have at least five coats of paint on them and have never been stripped. The NGB has a backlog of 100 F-15s, 350 A-7s, and 100 A-10s. AFRES has a backlog of 100 F-16s and 97 A-10s. It would take four to five years to put the three remaining RCCFs in operation--the need is now. Rather than constructing three more RCCFs, contractor owned and operated facilities should be sought as an alternative that could be put in operation within one year. The operation of the Bergstrom RCCF should be expanded to maximize the facility capability and services performed should be geared to specific command needs.
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