SEMBACH ANNEX, Germany — The Air Force’s Germany-based regional supply squadron deactivated Wednesday in a move aimed at improving operations for units across the globe.

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Regional Supply Squadron officially retired during a ceremony at Sembach. About 135 airmen with the squadron attended the ceremony.

The squadron had supported aircraft and vehicles at bases scattered across the European region. The Germany-based unit is the first of five squadrons to shift responsibility to two main logistical centers at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Lt. Col. Mark Hawley, the squadron commander, said the move has been a challenge for the squadron, which once had 175 airmen. But he said squadron members understand that it is good for the military.

“It’s the right thing to do for the Air Force,” he said.

The idea of consolidating “back-shop functions” — such things as computer operations and management of stock, maintenance records and equipment — emerged in the 1990s. Hawley said it wasn’t until technology caught up with the concept that the Air Force made the change.

The Air Force established the regional supply squadron in July 1999 to take over the duties of base units. In 2002, the unit was honored as the best regional supply squadron in the Air Force.

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