By Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
2:58 PM AKST, January 11, 2012
The Air Force says Joint Base Elmendord-Richardson is losing another 44 civilian positions, although only 17 of them are currently filled. The latest round of cuts bring the base’s job losses up to 300 civilian positions since November.
In a statement, base officials say they are continuing to seek positions for those who lost jobs in both Wednesday’s cuts and the first round of cuts.
“We have been successful in placing many of the employees affected in the first round of cuts,” said Col. Robert Evans, JBER’s installation commander. “It may not be possible to find jobs for every affected employee, but that is our goal.”
Other civilian positions have opened at JBER during the same time period, and the base's net civilian job loss is about 220 positions.
About 13,500 civilian positions have been cut at all Air Force bases, in response to a Defense Department directive to keep growth in civilian positions from rising above that in fiscal year 2010.
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