Air Force cuts 57 civilian jobs at Holloman

49th Wing Public Affairs

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE – Air Force officials announced several adjustments to the civilian workforce Nov. 2 that affect 57 civilian positions at Holloman.

In response to direction from the Secretary of Defense to stop civilian growth above fiscal year 2010 levels and the need to add 5,900 positions against the Air Force’s top priorities, the Air Force eliminated approximately 9,000 positions.

“We are engaging as a wing to take every opportunity to reassign these positions at Holloman,” said Col. David Krumm, 49th Wing commander. “Our civilian personnel section is working hard to look for placement alternatives for all Team Holloman affected employees.”

The Air Force is exhausting all voluntary separation options before introducing involuntary measures. Four Holloman personnel were approved to take the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority or Voluntary Separation Incentive Program.

These adjustments reflect several initiatives designed to align limited resources based on Air Force priorities. This process is an ongoing effort to increase efficiencies, reduce overhead and eliminate redundancy.

Upon receiving the Secretary of Defense’s 2010 memo directing that civilian manpower costs stay within fiscal year 2010 levels, the Air Force began a comprehensive strategic review of the entire Air Force civilian workforce to determine whether or not civilian authorizations were in the right places to meet mission priorities.

The strategic review revealed several imbalances. Some high priority areas needed to grow, while some management and overhead functions needed streamlining. These imbalances led to a variety of initiatives focused on realigning scarce manpower resources with the most critical missions.

In particular, the Air Force will grow by approximately 5,900 positions in acquisition, the nuclear enterprise, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and other key areas while reducing approximately 9,000 positions in management, staff and support areas.

Beginning in May 2011, the Air Force implemented a series of hiring controls and voluntary separation programs designed to reduce overall manpower costs, but these hiring controls did not provide the results required to operate within our fiscal constraints.

There are plans to initiate another round of VERA and VSIP surveys in January of 2012. As details become final, Air Force officials will release information on the next set of initiatives.

For additional information on the civilian workforce restructuring, please visit the website of the United States Air Force at www.af.mil.

For more information about Holloman and its personnel, please visit the Holloman website at www.holloman.af.mil; or visit the Holloman Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HollomanonFB.

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