This week the United States Air Force announced it will trim an additional 4,500 jobs on top of 9,500 cuts announced in November. Some of those job losses will come from Robins Air Force Base in Houston County.
Back in November the base offered incentives to 600 civilian employees to retire early. Now an additional 600 blue collar positions are being added.
Chrissy Miner with is with Robins. She says during that first round nearly 250 people accepted offers for as much as $25,000 to retire early. She says this might not be the last of the cuts.
“We could see more cuts. I’m not going to sit here and say we couldn’t because you know the President’s budget is coming out in February. So, obviously any measures that come from that could change this number.”
Base officials are hoping enough employees will accept the buyouts in order to avoid layoffs. The numbers do not include 85 new positions that could come as a result of a sale of F-15’s to Saudi Arabia.