- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials say no layoffs are planned at Ohio’s largest military base, though every one of the 372 mostly vacant positions targeted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton will still be eliminated.

Base spokesman Daryl Mayer tells the Dayton Daily News (https://bit.ly/1vtWCf2 ) that 103 of those positions still have people working in them. They have all qualified for early retirement or buyouts, or have moved or will be moved to other jobs.

Air Force Materiel Command headquarters eliminated the positions to comply with a Pentagon order to cut command staffs by 20 percent throughout the Department of Defense. Wright-Patterson, which also is the largest single-site employer in the state, has about 27,000 military and civilian workers.

The Air Force will cut 3,459 positions service-wide to save $1.6 billion, including those at Wright-Patterson, figures show. Apart from this reduction, the Air Force has said it will eliminate the positions of about 25,000 airmen the next five years because of budget reductions.

By August, Wright-Patterson had 537 civil service employees apply for early retirement or a buyout, but few met the requirement of lining up someone facing a job loss on base to replace them, according to base officials.

In 2012, the last round of significant job cuts at the base, 440 employees received the incentives.

While Wright-Patterson faces job reductions, it is one of 10 bases in the running for the new Air Force Installations and Mission Support Center, which would bring 350 employees. The Air Force has set up an interim location for the center and 50 employees at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. A decision is expected early next year.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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