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Air Force cutting 9,000 jobs now, more later

Air Force cutting 9,000 civilian jobs now, plus another 4,500 later By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Air Force says it's cutting 9,000 civilian jobs in a cost-saving move and expects to eliminate another 4,500 later.

In a move reflecting budget pressures on the entire military, the Air Force said Wednesday that over the next 12 months it will reorganize some U.S.-based organizations. That includes the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, which employs 39 percent of Air Force civilians.

The moves will cut 9,000 civilian positions in management, staff and support at several bases. The Air Force says separately it plans to add 5,900 positions in higher-priority areas like weapons buying, nuclear weapons management and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The Air Force said it is working on details of how to reduce by a further 4,500 civilian jobs.

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