By Tim Akimoff
Channel 2 News
11:03 AM AKDT, November 3, 2011
Fifty civilians could lose their existing jobs at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, according to an announcement from the Air Force.
The Air Force announced that 50 active positions have been identified to be cut, and also that a job growth plan that would have grown the work force by another 200 positions has been reversed.
The secretary of defense directed the Pentagon to make the cuts to keep civilian workforce growth below fiscal year 2010 levels, according to the announcement.
The Air Force reportedly eliminated approximately 9,000 positions from other installations. Between civilian workforce cuts and planned job growth positions, JBER will lose 256 positions.
Officials at JBER said that because of a high number of unfilled, recently-created jobs, along with a large vacancy rate after a three-month hiring freeze, the number of cuts made at JBER had less of an impact.
About 50 jobs are being cut in areas like base planning functions, centralized fitness testing, protocol, services and civil engineering. JBER officials say that they will work to place those workers in other positions if possible.
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