McClellan AFB, California - Sacramento Air Logistics Center (SM­ALC)

The mission of the Sacramento Air Logistics Center is to successfully transition the work force, effectively manage and transition the sustainment and other customer responsibilities and to close McClellan Air force Base in a timely and orderly fashion.

The Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan Air Force Base, California performs depot maintenance on the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft and is heavily involved in space and communications-electronics.

McClellan is the technology center for very high-speed integrated circuits, fiber optics and advanced composites. It has the only Casting Emissions Research Program with the only fully instrumental foundry in the country. The McClellan Nuclear Radiation Center is being designed for use as a brain-scan facility, partnering with the University of California Davis Medical Center.

SM-ALC is scheduled to close under the Base Realignment and Closure process July 13, 2001.


For the past few years our motto has been "Completing the mission of
McClellan AFB with professionalism and honor." The men and women of the Sacramento Air Logistics Center have now completed the core missions of depot maintenance, supply management, and product support. On September 21,2000, we marked our Mission Completion and Team McClellan Appreciation Day by encasing the flags of our mission directorates. Standing before the encased flags representing the mission directorates are (from left to right): Mr Greg Schellhase, Director, Space/Communications and Electronics; Mr Gerry Hampton, Director, Aircraft; Mr Frank Mason (retired), Commodities; Col (retired) Bob Drewitt, Specialized Management; and, Mr Jim Morris (retired), Technology and Industrial Support. Command CMSgt Leonard Czepiel
and CMSgt (retired) George Moses conducted the ceremony and were assisted by Capt. Robert Filbey, TSgt David Mingo, SSgt Alex Butler, A1C Amy Brunelle, and A1C Marvin Sing. Congratulations, and thanks to all the men and women who have supported our missions so superbly throughout the years.

Construction of the War Department's Sacramento Air Depot began on 29 June 1936, when the Army Quartermaster Corps appointed a constructing quartermaster for the installation. On 1 December 1939 the War Department changed the new installation's name to McClellan Field. The US Air Force became an independent service in 1947, and on 3 February 1948 McClellan Field became McClellan AFB. Eventually the base became the headquarters for Sacramento Air Materiel Area and then evolved into the home of the Sacramento Air Logistics Center. What started with an investment of $7M has grown in value to over two billion dollars in facilities and equipment.

SM­ALC's industrial complex comprises the largest group of workers with over 5,000 personnel. SM­ALC is responsible for accomplishing depot level repair for EF/F/FB­111, A­10, F­15, and KC­135 aircraft, ground communication/electronic systems, electronic warfare, software, navigation and radar systems. Also included as part of the mission is the manufacture or repair of a vast array of aerospace related items. In addition, the industrial complex has technology repair center responsibility to overhaul and repair more than 6,500 different line items, such as hydraulic and electrical components, flight control components, flight instruments, and various ground and airborne generators in support of inventory management programs Air Force­wide.

Since McClellan AFB opened, the task of keeping US military aircraft flying had become remarkably complex based upon high technology aircraft and systems. McClellan remained one of five centers of AFMC, managing those weapons and systems assigned through the depot modernization effort of the late 1960s and early 1970s. With development of technology repair centers in the command, McClellan assumed worldwide responsibility for the maintenance and management of USAF electrical components, communications­electronics systems, fluid drive accessories, and tactical shelters.

The base is approximately five miles north of Sacramento, California, the state capital. McClellan Air Force Base consists of 2,917 acres with 107 maintenance buildings and 200 shops occupying 3.3 million SF of space. Facility value is $643M. Plant equipment value is $569M.

The total work force population at McClellan AFB including military is 13,500 and is drawn from nine surrounding counties: Yuba, Sutter, Yolo, Solano, San Joaquin, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, and Sacramento. One out of 50 employed people in the Sacramento and Placer Counties work at McClellan AFB. The annual payroll is in excess of $500M. The major portion of the work force comes from the local area; recruited from academia, local industries, military services and the general public. McClellan has a stable work force consisting of skilled/semiskilled technical and professional people. The skill mix of its staff primarily consists of technical, management, and engineering and scientific personnel. SM­ALC is the hub of a highly developed area with industry leaders in technologies such as electronics, space­age propulsion systems, exotic aerospace fuels, advanced computer sciences and plastics.

As a result of recent Base Realignment and Closure Commission Actions, McClellan AFB was voted to be closed. The FY95 BRAC included a decision to privatize USAF mission workload located at SM-ALC.

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