- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - Nearly 300 jobs are to be cut at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1oWBg7R ) that the Air Force made the announcement Monday as part of a review that aims to cut about 3,500 jobs nationally and save $1.6 billion over five years.

The announcement comes just weeks after the Air Force said about 320 new jobs would be located at Scott this summer to staff two cybersecurity squadrons.

Scott-based Air Mobility Command spokesman Mark Voorhis says it’s still not clear how the cuts will affect the command. He says it’s “still being worked out.” The cuts will be a combination of civilian and military jobs.

375th Air Mobility Wing spokeswoman Karen Pettit declined comment until receiving more information about the cuts.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com