BILOXI -- The 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base is preparing for a number of changes.
Although it's still unclear how the recently previewed fiscal year 2015 defense budget plan will directly affect Keesler, the Air Force Reserve Command Unit's leadership is preparing for cuts stemming from last year.
Ten of the wing's 20 aircraft were earmarked to go to Pope Airfield in October as part of the previously announced Force Restoral Implementation Plan, but 403rd public affairs officer Brian Lamar said that move -- although still imminent -- has been delayed so the Department of Defense can take another look at where the C-130Js might go.
Although the final destination of the aircraft remains up in the air, the wing is preparing to lose the 815th Airlift Squadron by June 15. Lamar said those in the 345th, which is the active component of the wing, are in the process of getting their permanent change-of-station orders.
"The 345th, being active duty, those guys are getting orders right now to go other places in the Air Force where they'll be utilized," Lamar said.
Lamar reiterated there are no plans to move or close the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, popularly called the "Hurricane Hunters."
"A lot of people get that confused when we say we have a flying squadron leaving from Keesler, they automatically throw their arms in the air and go 'Oh no! The Hurricane Hunters are leaving!'" Lamar said. "But that's not happening."
Lamar said about 1,700 airmen are assigned to the 403rd.