Editor’s note: Officials have adjusted the number of positions to 237. This story has been changed to reflect the new total.
Cuts are coming to the U.S. Air Force in an effort to save money.
Nearly 3,500 positions will be eliminated at headquarters across the Air Force, both in the United States and at overseas locations.
Here in Hawaii, 237 positions will be cut at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
To minimize the effect on civilian personnel, the Air Force will initiate Voluntary Early Retirement Authority programs and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay to foster voluntary reductions before pursuing involuntary measures.
The reductions are being made as the Air Force deactivates and realigns organizations at Headquarters Air Force, Major Commands, Numbered Air Forces and Field Operating Agencies.
The goal is to meet the Dept. of Defense’s directive to reduce costs and staff levels by at least 20 percent, and result in savings of $1.6 billion over the next five years.
“Everyone knows our economy is still not where it should be; we have a responsibility to ensure that every dollar adds value to the taxpayers and our national defense,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.