After the Air Force announced major cuts at headquarters across the U.S. and overseas, officials have clarified exactly how that will affect positions in Hawaii.
Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) says it will eliminate a total of 237 positions at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam by the end of this fiscal year.
The cuts are being made in an effort to reduce total headquarters staffs by 20 percent across the services. Military personnel will not face a reduction in force as a result of this change.
Out of the 237 positions to be eliminated, 145 of them will be realigned under a new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, which is being created to consolidate management functions currently being performed at every Major Command. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Army have similar centers.
“Every PACAF Airman is important and fills a vital role in our nation’s defense and in ensuring stability and security for the Asia-Pacific region,” said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, PACAF commander. “We have an obligation to the American people to produce the very best Air Force we can with the resources we are given, which in part led us to these very difficult decisions. We will do everything we can to help any Airman – uniformed or civilian – adversely impacted by this reduction.”
PACAF will analyze each position before determining which ones will be reduced and transition plans are still being solidified, according to officials.