Air Force Cutting 9,000 Jobs Now, More Later

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Air Force says it's cutting 9,000 civilian jobs in a cost-saving move and expects to eliminate another 4,500 later.

In a move reflecting budget pressures on the entire military, the Air Force said Wednesday that over the next 12 months it will reorganize some U.S.-based organizations. That includes the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, which employs 39 percent of Air Force civilians.

The moves will cut 9,000 civilian positions in management, staff and support at several bases. The Air Force says separately it plans to add 5,900 positions in higher-priority areas like weapons buying, nuclear weapons management and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The Air Force said it is working on details of how to reduce by a further 4,500 civilian jobs.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 5, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    Yeah! And the fire and police depts! And the utility companies! Shut it ALL down!
  • by Mayor Ryan on Nov 4, 2011 at 11:35 PM
    About time! Let's keep it up. Next is the FDA, Dept of Education, and the EPA.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    @Just me : what? I thought you guys wanted the budget cut? Ohhh...everything except the programs that impact YOU, right? But handouts are bad, right? well, to paraphrase you jerks during the education proposition debacle... I don't want to pay taxes just to give you a government job! and since you love your corporations, who are free of greed and corruption, ask THEM to hire you. My tax dollars aren't for you to leech off of. :)
  • by Jenn on Nov 3, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    They're going to start cutting out military personnel with their DOS rollback program.
  • by Just Me Location: Germany on Nov 3, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Is this where we say Thank You Mr. President? I think not. It is time for him to move on.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 10:12 AM in reply to Just Me
      Yeah. That'll fix it.
  • by Bill Location: CS-Skyway on Nov 3, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    Obama is keeping us in Afghanistan to artificially prevent a major rise in unemployment in the USA. Lamborn has to suck it up-I lived in Michigan when Selfridge Air Force base as well as others in MI closed. I lived in Arizona when Williams Air Force base was closed. Amazing how those states survived. Hey Lamborn-much of the defense contracts were given to OUT OF STATE companies with the Fort Carson building boom. Plus, they BROUGHT THEIR WORKERS HERE TO FULL FILL CONTRACTS. I know-my son was hired for the first phase of optic cable installation.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    Good. This town hates government jobs anyway, and always complain about the military presence. They are always hollering to "shut 'er down!" and don't want to pay taxs on anything unless it directly and immediately benefits them and them alone. Next, close down Carson and Peterson. Let these shortsighted and uneducated nutballs fend for themselves... they want it that way.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 12:20 PM in reply to
      We don't want you in our state either, move.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 03:21 PM in reply to
        Sure, along with the families who are left with no education for their children, no jobs, and no services because you don't want to pay taxes. By all means, keep your wasteland.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    not really news, KKTV. Locally, at least, US-NORTHCOM has been decimated by the contracting squadron. Here's what's happening: many of the contracts, and contractors are being converted into GS positions from regular employment. It's lees expensive for the government to get these folks as direct hires, and away from the IT-Contractor world. Thus, you can be a GS-xx, or an SES employee: you still have a job, but the paycheck looks a little different. I'm surprised your "reporter" didn't pick up on that.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Nov 3, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    I've been saying for a while there are too many "eggs" in the local defense "basket" and not just because of local economic dependence.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 07:47 AM
    How long are we going to allow our economy to run into the ground and allow things to get worse before we revolt? Already our economy has has similarities of what started the Frech Revolution.
    • reply
      by WER on Nov 3, 2011 at 10:15 AM in reply to
      That's why there are provocateurs in the OWS movement. There has to be a reason for martial law and once people demand it it becomes justified.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM in reply to
      Time to learn to grow your own food.
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