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Incentives offered in plan to eliminate 372 jobs

Wright-Patt employees have until Aug. 1 to apply for early retirement.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees have until Aug. 1 to turn in notices they intend to retire or leave their job as part of incentive programs to eliminate 372 positions at the base.

The incentives are meant to encourage eligible employees to leave voluntarily before Wright-Patterson cuts hundreds of military and civilian jobs by Oct. 1.

The Air Force will eliminate 364 of those positions at the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters at Wright-Patt. Last week, the Air Force said the cuts were part of an AFMC reorganization to create the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center and a Defense Department mandate to cut at least 20 percent of jobs at command headquarters.

The Air Force projects the elimination of 3,459 jobs service-wide will save $1.6 billion.

Employees must leave by Sept. 30 to receive incentives under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and the Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay programs, according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer.

“Wright-Patterson will exhaust every voluntary opportunity measure at our disposal to avoid any adverse impacts,” Col. John M. Devillier, base commander, said in a statement Monday.

The VERA program may apply to those who are at least 50 years old with at least 20 years federal service, or who may be any age with at least 25 years of federal employment, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Under VSIP, employees may receive up to a $25,000 lump sum buyout to voluntarily separate, according to the federal agency.

In the reorganization, the Air Force will create the new centralized installations center under the authority of AFMC. Forty-four of the jobs cut at AFMC headquarters will move there. The Air Force could select a location for the new center, and with it 350 jobs, by the end of 2014.

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