Hundreds of jobs lost at Wright-Patterson AFB because of reorganization

WPAFB, Ohio (WDTN) – The Air Force is planning to reorganize as a result of budget cuts to military headquarters, which will mean the loss of 372 positions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Of the positions 364 are with the Air Force Materiel Command headquartered at Wright-Patt and 8 come from other organizations on base. A spokesperson for the Air Force Materiel Command says they’ll use every opportunity to ease the impacts by moving those in lost positions to other open positions.

Officials don’t have a number yet on how many of the 372 positions are currently filled.

Along with the reorganization, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center will now report to Air Force Materiel Command centered at the base.

AFIMSC comes with 350 jobs, but it has yet to be determined on which base they’ll be located, a spokesperson says.

Congressman Mike Turner spoke with Under Secretary of the Air Force, Eric Fanning, to review potential impacts at Wright-Patterson.

“Under Secretary Fanning assured me that most affected jobs at Wright-Patt would have the opportunity to transition to other available positions on the base. The final net impact remains unclear, but I continue to work closely with Air Force leaders to mitigate any and all negative impacts to the base,” said Congressman Mike Turner. “We were initially concerned about this reorganization effort. However, I am pleased to have received assurances that the Air Force Material Command (AFMC) headquartered at Wright-Patt will remain a four-star billet.”

The reorganization is part of a plan to save the Air Force $1.6 billion over the next five years.

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