Civilian cuts at US air bases

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CUTS to the US military’s civilian staff will lead to 21 positions being lost in our area.

Ten US civilians working at RAF Mildenhall will lose their jobs and 11 positions will go at RAF Lakenheath as part the Department of Defense (DoD) eliminating 9,000 positions.

A spokesman for RAF Lakenheath said that affected personnel there would be reallocated new roles.

Michael B Donley, Secretary of the Air Force, said the cuts were unavoidable.

“We are making difficult choices about how to deliberately restructure and posture the force and will continue to look for new ways of accomplishing the mission. We can’t afford business as usual,” he said.

Col Scott Benza, 48th Mission Support Group commander, said Lakenheath was ‘no exception’ to the process but promised support for affected employees.

That sentiment was echoed by Col Christopher Kulas, 100th Air Refuelling Wing commander.

At Mildenhall, 10 staff members will lose their jobs, with another 25 vacant positions being axed.