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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Installation Support, Headquarters Functions Absorb Brunt of Air Force Downsizing

  • January 12, 2012
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Installation support functions account for 1,700 of the civilian positions the Air Force is eliminating as part of its effort to pare funding for civilian personnel to fiscal 2010 levels, the second largest activity affected by the moves.

The initiative to tailor installation support is intended to increase efficiencies by standardizing the level of service for specific functions across Air Force installations; consolidating base support activities where feasible and relying on local community services when available.

On Wednesday, officials identified 4,500 civilian positions to be eliminated, after announcing in November that it would eliminate 9,000 civilian positions while adding 5,900 in priority areas.

The service is eliminating 3,850 positions from headquarters and overhead functions, the largest activity affected by the cuts. The strategy was implemented by trimming positions from the Air Staff, major command staffs, field operating agencies and direct reporting units.

Specific changes include consolidating the Air Force Real Property Agency, Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment and Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency into a single field operating agency headquartered in San Antonio. In addition, the service will consolidate the Air Force Personnel Center, Air Force Manpower Agency and Air Force Services Agency into a single field operating agency headquartered in San Antonio. Also, the Air Force Logistics Management Agency at the Gunter Annex at Maxwell AFB, Ala., will be closed.

Wright-Patterson endured one of the biggest hits of the second round of cuts announced this week, with officials slated to eliminate 598 civilian positions from the Dayton, Ohio base, reported Air Force Times. However the net loss for FY 2012 at the base is only 234 positions as it follows an increase of 364 positions announced in November. The Air Force would cut 468 civilian slots from installations in Texas, primarily from Joint Base San Antonio, under this week’s announcement.

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