WARNER ROBINS -- Workers in the 402nd Maintenance Wing at Robins Air Force Base will be included in a second round of voluntary early retirement and separation offers currently under way, base officials announced Wednesday.
The maintenance area previously had not been included in the buyout offers, which are aimed at ultimately reducing the work force by 600 people. However, due to the improving on-time delivery of aircraft, the 402nd now will be included.
“With our much improved on-time rates, our efforts can now be focused on right-sizing the depot maintenance workforce for future opportunities,” Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center commander, said in a news release.
The reductions are part of an overall Air Force initiative to reduce its work force by 16,500 this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Including the maintenance wing in the buyout offers is a local initiative, the release stated, and an ongoing analysis will be completed by the end of the month to determine where positions in the wing can be cut.
Employees have until Jan. 29 to apply for the incentives. Each would get about $25,000 to either retire or leave. In an initial round that began in November, 238 were approved for the buyout, and those employees left by Dec. 31. Most of those were retirements.
According to the release, McMahon stated the numbers to be cut could change after President Obama’s budget is announced, as well as with other force-structure announcements.
The Air Force announced the personnel cuts in November, and in conjunction Air Force Materiel Command, announced a reorganization that will consolidate command of the three maintenance depots, including Robins, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.
Since that time, a special congressional committee tasked with finding an additional $1.1 trillion in overall cuts over the next 10 years failed to come to an agreement. That triggers automatic cuts, referred to as sequestration, that add another $500 billion in Department of Defense cuts over 10 years beginning in 2013.
McMahon has scheduled a round-table discussion with media Thursday to discuss the current round of buyout offers.
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