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Fort Irwin to lose 73 civilian jobs

NTC hopes to avoid layoffs with attrition, retirements

FORT IRWIN • Fort Irwin and the National Training Center will eliminate 73 civilian positions, the majority of reductions in California, in an Army-wide effort to reduce 8,700 civilian jobs by Sept. 2012.

Of the 111 civilian reductions in California, Fort Irwin bears the brunt of the losses in the state, according to Army public affairs officer Lt. Col. Laurel Devine.

Fort Irwin is the largest civilian employer for the Barstow area with 965 civilian employees.
The training center was targeted along with 70 different locations identified by the Army.

Nearly 90 percent of the cuts take place within the Army Materiel Command, Training and Doctrine Command, and Installation Management Command, which oversees Fort Irwin.

Gus Bahena, public affairs officer for Fort Irwin, said the post strives to reduce many positions with attrition and early retirement.

California is one of 37 states affected by these reductions with the majority of personnel cuts occurring in those states with the largest military and Army civilian populations.

These cuts are based on Department of Defense resource decisions as reflected in the fiscal 2012 President's Budget, requiring a reduction of Army civilian employees to comply with decreased funding levels, the Army explained in a release.

“Army commands and agencies are continuing to take necessary actions to reduce their civilian on-board strength to meet funded targets established by the secretary of defense and reflected in the President's Budget,” said Thomas R. Lamont, assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs. “To the maximum extent possible, the Army will rely on voluntary departures to achieve these manpower reductions.”

For Fort Irwin, Lieutenant General Michael Ferriter Commander, U.S. Army Installation Management Command, will be responsible for shaping the workforce within his allocated budget.

Fort Irwin leaders were not available for comment on the reductions.

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