The U.S. Air Force announces it's cutting 9,000 civilian jobs across the nation. 50 of those will be at Barksdale Air Force Base. The news comes in the midst of anticipated budget cuts and an order by the Secretary of Defense to freeze civilian personnel spending at 2010 levels.
The Air Force says it's trying to make the most of its resources and may hire other civilians in areas like nuclear weaponry and intelligence. It's being called a "restructuring," with more civilian jobs cuts to come. In the announcement, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley called the changes necessary. "We can't afford business as usual," he added.
Officials at Barksdale say they're notifying employees today. Shortly after that announcement, the news came that the base will hire 128 additional airmen. The entire restructuring process will be complete by October 2012.