Robins announces reduction of 452 civilian positions

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Base officials announced today the reduction of 452 civilian authorizations as part of the Air Force's overall civilian workforce restructuring initiative. The Air Force announced in November that it needed to trim 16,500 positions in FY12 to match its fiscal year 2010 authorized levels.

To achieve this, Robins will continue to move forward with its VERA/VSIP incentives, which seek to offer early retirement or voluntary separations to up to 600 civilian personnel. 238 employees accepted the incentives in the fall and separated on December 31. Interested base civilian employees can now apply for the incentive through January 29.

In addition to the Air Force reductions, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center commander announced a local initiative to offer early retirement or voluntary separation incentives to its wage grade and general schedule employees in the 402nd Maintenance Wing based on potential workforce shaping. The analysis is ongoing with specific targets anticipated to be finalized by the end of the month.

"With our much improved on-time rates, our efforts can now be focused on right-sizing the depot maintenance workforce for future opportunities," said Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center commander.

However, the general added, those numbers may change after the president's budget is unveiled in the near future along with force structure announcements.