UPDATE: More jobs cuts may be coming to Robins, McMahon says

wcrenshaw@macon.comNovember 3, 2011 

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE — Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistic Center, said Thursday the 600 job cuts planned for the base will probably not be the last.

McMahon said restructuring initiatives announced Wednesday will mean 516 positions eliminated on base, but with the base overmanned in some areas it is ultimately looking to cut 600 jobs by offering early retirement and voluntary separation incentives.

In a news conference held after a closed meeting with area leaders, McMahon said substantial Department of Defense budget cuts are already in place and significantly more cuts are possible.

“It is likely the cuts we talked about today are only the beginning,” he said.

Air Force Materiel Command, the parent agency of Robins, announced significant reorganization Wednesday aimed at consolidating the command of the three air logistics centers at Tinker Air Force Base. As a result, the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center will be eliminated, and what is now the 402nd Maintenance Wing will become the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, and will have a one-star general. McMahon is a two-star general.

All three air logistics centers are undergoing the same changes, except that Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City will serve as the command center to be headed by a three-star general. The Aerospace Sustainment Directorate command staff also will be eliminated, but the directorate’s program management functions will remain unchanged and the unit will report to Tinker.

The 78th Air Base Wing will lose 160 positions as part of an initiative to eliminate support functions.

McMahon said he is hopeful of minimizing the number of forced separations.

“For each and every individual impacted we will do each and every thing possible to ensure a smooth transition, either by moving them to a new position or affording them the opportunity to voluntarily early retire or separate,” he said.

The base began Thursday notifying the employees who may be impacted. McMahon said so far many have responded positively to the separation incentives.

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