Air Force cuts nearly 3,500 positions

These cuts will affect two bases in Colorado.

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SOURCE: Stars and Stripes

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The Air Force plans to cut nearly 3,500 positions at headquarters across the service by deactivating and realigning elements in an effort to save $1.6 billion over the next five years.

The savings from reducing 3,459 higher headquarters’ positions are to be reinvested into combat missions at the wing level, officials said.

Some of the cuts will come from the consolidation of installation support management under a new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, which will report to Air Force Materiel Command. Its location has not been announced.

Most of the job cuts will likely come sooner rather than later.

“We are aggressively pursuing reductions within the first year, rather than spread them out over five years as allowed by” DOD, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said, according to a news release.  “It’s better for airmen, because it provides them predictability and allows us to re-stabilize our workforce sooner. It also allows us to harvest the savings earlier so that we can plow it back into readiness and some of our key modernization programs.”

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