Maxwell cuts 113 civilian positions

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Maxwell Air Force Base is cutting more than 100 civilian positions as part of the Air Force's restructuring plan.

Authorities on base say a total of 113 positions are being eliminated, including 69 positions that are currently filled. The other 44 positions will remain vacant.

The Air Force authorized bases to start a second round of voluntary separation and early retirement incentives, according to a release issued by Maxwell.

Though positions are being cuts, officials are stressing that the belt tightening does not necessarily translate to people losing their jobs.

"The base civilian personnel office will make every effort to place those people into other vacant positions on base, with the goal of avoiding non-voluntary measures," the news release stated adding that a "reduction-in-force, or RIF, actions are not planned at this time."

"People are our greatest asset," said Col. Susan Schlacter, vice commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing. "We are committed to using every voluntary measure available to minimize the impact on affected employees."

During the first round of cuts in November 2011, 92 positions on Maxwell and Gunter were eliminated, with 34 of those being occupied and with 58 vacancies. Six civilian employees were approved for early retirements or separation incentives.

Overall, the Air Force has eliminated 9,000 positions in management, staff and support areas, but needs to add 5,900 positions against the Air Force's top priorities, such as its nuclear enterprise and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, missions.

Maxwell said that despite cuts Air Force-wide during the first round, the service still needed to eliminate 4,500 positions to keep it on track to meet fiscal year 2010 levels, which triggered this second round of cuts.

This announcement marks the end of the civilian reductions associated with the Air Force's FY12 civilian workforce restructure.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Maxwell Air Force Base