Air Force cutting 9,000 jobs now, more later

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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