WHO IS SMAC?
The Sheppard Military Affairs Committee (SMAC) is a non-profit organization whose primary function is to serve as a voice for Sheppard Air Force Base and North Texas. In 2005, the “BRAC” (Base Realignment and Closure) Commission moved basic medical training from Sheppard, resulting in a $48 million annual loss to our area economy. At this time, key community leaders established SMAC to protect and strengthen the missions at Sheppard.
Since its inception, SMAC has worked tirelessly to protect current missions and bring new opportunities to Sheppard. Today, as Washington leaders call for $100 billion in military spending cuts and the consideration of base closures, our work is more important than ever.
A Lineage of LeadershipSheppard Air Force Base Commander General Ronald Jolly discusses leadership and legacy in the Summer 2019 issue of Wichita Falls Living. Click here to view the article. read more
The drawdown blew a hole in the Air Force’s maintenance ranks. How it’s digging its way out.March 5, 2017 Before the steep force management cuts of 2014 hit the Air Force’s ranks, maintainers at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina — home of the 20th Fighter Wing and its roughly 79 F-16CM Fighting Falcons — worked about 40 to 50 hours a week. It was tough... read more
Pentagon Could Look to Close Bases Without BRAC AuthorizationWASHINGTON – For several years, the Pentagon has been blocked by Congress in its request to begin another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Now, facing an expected wave of modernization bills in the next decade, a top DoD official has suggested the... read more