RAFB Offers Early Retirement and Buyouts to Workers

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Updated: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:12:13 EST

One hundred civilian employees at Robins Air force Base will soon be getting the pink slip due to budget cuts.

The immediate budget cuts are part of a cost-cutting measure that will save the Air Force 1.6 billion dollars over the next four years.

On Friday the base announces to give voluntary early retirement and separation incentives to selected workers.

The action follows a recent announcement by the service of a plan to reduce the size of its' headquarters and which may eliminate up to 258 jobs.

Charles Stenner, the incoming president and CEO of 21st Century Partnership says he supports the buyouts and says the workforce impacted is being taking care of.

"I wish that there weren't any reductions, that would have been very good but there are and the base is doing the best they can to lessen the impact on the individual and the families," Stenner said.

He also addresses BRAC or Base Realignment and Closure, should it occur how will the base be prepared.

"There's not a matter of if there will be a BRAC, in my opinion, there's going to be a when will there be a BRAC," Stenner Said.

BRAC could grow the base or it could make it no longer exist.

The base has been the economic engine for Middle Georgia for 73 years and the heartbeat of 11 counties.

21st Century Partnership is working to protect the 2.9 billion that drives Middle Georgia.

The base will accept applications from 15 specialties, including human resources and budget analysts and material handlers.

Buyout employees must make a decision in two weeks and must leave by September 30.

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