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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Ultimate Impact of Army Cuts on Civilian Workers Not Yet Clear

  • December 11, 2011
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Information from several posts about the impact of the Army’s plan to trim 8,700 civilian positions by October 2012 indicates that the move will result in the elimination of 200 or fewer positions at many installations.

At Redstone Arsenal, however, more than 450 positions are targeted, reported the Huntsville Times. The Huntsville, Ala., arsenal is home to Army Materiel Command, one of three commands slated to suffer 90 percent of the civilian cuts the Army announced Thursday. The other two are Installation Management Command and Training and Doctrine Command.

Army officials across the nation will first try to implement the cuts through normal attrition, voluntary retirements and separations, shifting affected workers and by leaving openings vacant. As a result, it is not yet clear how many employees ultimately will be let go.

“Until all tools available to realign personnel filling affected positions have been exhausted, we will not be able to determine the number of employees who will be affected,” according to a statement from Ft. Sill. The Lawton, Okla., installation will lose 176 civilian positions, reported NewsOK.com.

Fort Bliss officials did not make a public announcement, but sources told the El Paso Times that the Texas post would need to cut 192 positions. Fort Carson, Colo., is slated to lose 77 positions, reported KRDO.

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