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Dover AFB to lose 39 civilian positions

Posted 11/3/2011   Updated 11/4/2011 Email story   Print story


by Master Sgt. Veronica Aceveda
512th AW Public Affairs

11/3/2011 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del.  -- Hundreds of Air Force civilians and supervisors gathered at 1 p.m. Nov. 3 in the base theater here for a Town Hall meeting to discuss the Air Force's Nov. 2 announcement about restructuring the civilian workforce.

"The Air Force realizes the civilian workforce is extremely valuable," said Col. James C. Mercer, 436th Airlift Wing vice commander. "But, to move forward, some rebalancing must be done."

During the 30-minute meeting, Colonel Mercer announced 39 civilian positions within the 436th AW would be eliminated. Twenty-seven would be cut in April 2012, and an additional 12 are slated for Oct. 1, 2012.

"Of those positions, some are currently vacant and some will become vacant," said Mercer. "And, for the personnel who are currently occupying one of the eliminated positions, they will be notified by someone in their chain of command Nov. 4."

As of now, no civilian positions have been eliminated from the 512th AW, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations or any other tenant unit on base, added Mercer.

As a member of the Total Force, we feel for our active component," said Col. Randal L. Bright, 512th AW commander. "We also realize the cuts are not necessarily over, and our turn could be coming."

Also at the meeting, Collette McCulley, a base civilian personnel officer, and Mercer answered questions regarding the recent Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments process, in which 12 of the 31 applicants have been approved. 

Personnel are invited to apply again in January, when another VERA/VSIP round is scheduled to take place. McCulley said, it's unclear at this time weather the next VERA/VSIP will be limited and exclude Air Reserve Technicians.

As the Town Hall Meeting concluded, Mercer encouraged Airmen to bring any additional questions and concerns to one of the other four Town Hall meetings scheduled between today and tomorrow.

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