Air Force to cut more than 400 jobs in San Antonio

By SIG CHRISTENSON | San Antonio Express-News | Published: July 15, 2014

SAN ANTONO — The Air Force said Monday it would eliminate 429 jobs in San Antonio as part of a restructuring of headquarters staffs and creation of a new logistical facility that is expected to save $1.6 billion.

All of the jobs lost in Texas mostly likely will come from the Air Education and Training Command, with 296 phased out by Sept. 30, but Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek didn't have details. It also wasn't clear how many people would lose their jobs.

In some cases, she said, unfilled positions will be eliminated.

“We don't know that yet because there will be some number of those that are military positions,” Stefanek said, noting that those in uniform would be reassigned elsewhere.

Details of the plan, released just before the lunch hour, were not clear, but San Antonio actually could end up with a net gain in jobs as a new Air Force initiative to streamline logistical functions nears reality.

The Air Force will create is first-ever Installation and Mission Support Center. Similar to the Army's Installation Management Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, which performs logistical functions for posts around the world, it would have 350 workers and could come to the Alamo City.

San Antonio is one of six locations competing for the center. Stefanek said she did not know when the Air Force would reveal its location.

Overall, the Air Force will eliminate 3,459 positions at various installations across the country, with more than two-thirds of them at headquarters. That initiative is being driven by a Pentagon edict that will require the services to cut costs and staff levels by 20 percent.

Another 953 Air Force positions will be eliminated as the Installation and Mission Support Center consolidates logistical functions that until now have been performed by staffs at bases in the United States and overseas. The center will report to the Air Force Materiel Command.


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