The Air Force will eliminate 9,000 civilian positions in management, staff and support areas as part of a reorganization intended to freeze the civilian workforce at fiscal 2010 levels, officials announced Wednesday.
The service’s effort to streamline management and overhead is ongoing, with additional moves expected. Officials now are trying to find 4,500 additional civilian positions to eliminate. The job cuts announced Wednesday will allow the Air Force to expand by 5,900 positions in priority areas, including acquisition, the nuclear enterprise, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
The activity most affected by Wednesday’s news is Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), which will cut 1,000 overhead positions as part of a restructuring. The command will move away from its traditional, management-staff model consisting of a center and headquarters staff on each AFMC base and create a lead center for each of its five mission areas.
The Life Cycle Management Center will be headquartered at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio; the Sustainment Center will be located at Tinker AFB, Okla.; the Air Force Test Center will be based at Edwards AFB, Calif.; the Air Force Research Laboratory will remain at Wright Patterson AFB; and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will remain at Kirtland AFB, N.M.
The AFMC restructuring will be implemented by Oct. 1, 2012.
Other major commands will be affected as well. Over the next several days, local Air Force leaders will reveal how civilian manpower reductions will affect their workforces.