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MacDill loses 41 jobs in command closing

TAMPA — The Pentagon's decision to eliminate one of the military's major commands will lead to just 41 job losses for civilian contractors at MacDill Air Force Base.

MacDill job losses at U.S. Joint Forces Command amount to less than 10 percent of its 470 civilian and military positions, far lower than the 30 percent reported by some news outlets, according to Sen. Bill Nelson's office.

The other 429 positions will be absorbed by other commands at the base. A spokesman for Joint Forces did not return calls for comment, but Nelson's office was briefed by the command.

With more than 10,000 people reporting for duty at MacDill, the losses represent a small slice of the base's work force. MacDill is home to the two major commands directing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — Central Command and Special Operations Command.

While those commands may face their own cuts as the defense secretary trims the military budget top to bottom, no specific details have been released.

Joint Forces is based in Virginia, and the elimination of the command will lead to 2,300 job losses in that state.

The Pentagon will save more than $400 million with the elimination of Joint Forces by the end of the year.

The command trains troops from throughout the military to coordinate efforts for specific missions.

Joint Forces Command has 6,000 personnel nationally, but many of its personnel will be reassigned. Private contractors are being hit especially hard.

Of the 2,500 working for the command nationally, just 500 will be retained.

Among the contractors, the government will simply allow contracts to expire, Nelson's office said.

William R. Levesque can be reached at or (813) 226-3432.

MacDill loses 41 jobs in command closing 02/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:24pm]
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