On Thursday Robins Air Force Base officials began offering employees incentives to leave their jobs. They’re hoping 600 people will take advantage of the offers.
Some could get 25,000 dollars to voluntarily leave. The cuts come as the Department of Defense slashes 400 million dollars from its budget.
To cope with the cuts, the Air Force is restructuring combat support centers, so some of Robins’ responsibilities will shift to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
Major General Robert McMahon commands the civilians losing their jobs. He says more than a trillion in cuts could come if Congress cannot reach an agreement on the budget next month.
“Clearly all of us are concerned if that were to happen. As we always do we’ll figure out what we need to do. But I think every one in uniform and everyone that serves the nation as a member of the Department of Defense clearly hopes that doesn’t happen.”
McMahon says more job losses could come in 2012.