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AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — The Army plans to eliminate the Livorno garrison command structure, cutting jobs in Vicenza and Camp Darby.

The decision, announced Friday afternoon at Dal Molin airfield, follows similar moves announced in November in Germany.

Col. David Buckingham, commander of U.S. Army Garrison-Vicenza, said that in Vicenza, 73 positions for Italian workers, 29 for U.S. civilians and one military slot would be eliminated. Most of those positions are already vacant or will be transferred to Dal Molin, he said in a news release, “so I do not expect to have to release any currently employed workers.”

Workers will be laid off at Camp Darby, though, as most of the garrison functions transfer to Vicenza.

About 10 U.S. military slots, 40 U.S. civilian employees and about 67 Italian positions will be eliminated, according to the release.

The cuts would leave about 98 local nationals still employed by the garrison along with seven soldiers and 25 U.S. civilians at Camp Darby, officials said.

Overall, the U.S. civilian workforce in the garrison at Darby will take the largest cut at 61 percent, followed by 58 percent of active-duty military and 40 percent of Italians.

About 200 slots for Italian workers and 75 for U.S. workers will be added when Dal Molin, the new home of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, opens in the summer of 2013. About 65 of the jobs designated for Italians are alrady filled by employees at Caserma Ederle, Buckingham said.

As a part of their contracts, Italian workers who get laid off generally have the right to fill vacant jobs with the U.S. military elsewhere in the country. So those laid off at Darby would presumably have the right to transfer to similar positions at Dal Molin.

Camp Darby is used by both the Army and Air Force. The Army asked the Air Force to take over base support operations in 2006, but the Air Force declined. Army officials said Friday that the base is “expected to remain under Army control.”

harrisk@estripes.osd.mil

CorrectionThe scope of job cuts at Camp Darby was incorrect in an earlier version of this article. Also,the planned transfer of jobs from Casmera Ederle to Dal Molin was not originally addressed.

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Kent has filled numerous roles at Stars and Stripes including: copy editor, news editor, desk editor, reporter/photographer, web editor and overseas sports editor. Based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, he’s been TDY to countries such as Afghanistan Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia. Born in California, he’s a 1988 graduate of Humboldt State University and has been a journalist for almost 38 years.
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