The Beale Air Force base is concerned about spy plane cuts that have been proposed by the Pentagon. The cuts mean that the U-2 spy planes are set to be replaced by drones, and this means people at the base and those who depend on work from the base are getting worried.
The end of the U-2 spy planes could come as soon as 2016, according to the Sacramento Bee. There are more than 1,000 people working at the Beale Air Force in California, and this number does not include the businesses and others who depend on the base without working for it directly. The loss of the spy planes could create a significant negative impact that would be felt in the area.
The city of Marysville has had its own struggles over the years, but the prospect of losing the base’s main source of income is not sitting well with locals. The unemployment rate is estimated to be 13 percent, and there are vacant buildings throughout the city. The Beale Air Force base has been an important boost to the community by providing jobs, and the people who can shop, buy and help the local economy.
The Beale Air Force base’s touch can be felt everywhere in the city from the schools to the restaurants. Many of the families are either related to someone at the base or work at the base. There are also veterans who used to work at the base in the area. However, the loss of the spy planes threatens the entire community and its way of life.
The U.S. military views drones as a better option compared to the spy planes, and it is proposing the elimination of the spy planes. The focus on drones leaves the future of Beale Air Force base unclear, but some hopeful members are wondering if it could switch to producing drones to remain relevant. The Air Force has no plans to shut it down, but it is in danger of shrinking.
The military’s decision is leaving members of the Beale Air Force base with an uneasy feeling about their future. As they look around their communities, they wonder how much longer the base will continue to support 1,000 people. Without the spy planes, the base could be cut to a much smaller amount, and military members along with their families would be forced to leave.