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Air Force to reduce civilian workforce

Impact on Wright-Patterson is not yet known.


The Air Force will slash 900 civilian jobs in 2014 because of budget pressures, the service announced Wednesday afternoon.

Of those cuts, 217 jobs will be eliminated at Air Force Materiel Command bases across the United States, including Wright-Patterson, said AFMC spokesman Ron Fry.

The number of positions that will be cut at Wright-Patterson was not immediately available.

Fry said AFMC also expects to cut uniform service members positions, but those numbers have not yet been settled. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has predicted the jobs of 25,000 airmen will be cut during the next five years.

The Air Force will also maintain approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force, according to the Air Force News Service.

“The Defense Department used administrative furloughs to meet civilian pay budget demands in the compressed time frame between sequestration and the end of the FY13. We will meet a similar budgetary challenge in FY14 through a reduced workforce,” said Brig. Gen. Gina Grosso, the director of force management policy for the Air Force. The general added that the Air Force’s strategy to meet civilian pay budget targets does not include a furlough.

We are tallking with Air Force and Wright-Patterson officials and will update this story as it develops


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