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Wis. Air Guard could lose 114 positions

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Wisconsin Air National Guard could lose as many as 114 positions under proposed U.S. Air Force cuts.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/yFmSvA) reports officials previously learned that the Wisconsin Air Guard fleet would be reduced by three planes. But until Tuesday's announcement no one knew how many jobs would be affected.

If the budget proposal is enacted by Congress, the Wisconsin Air Guard would lose about 5% of its positions. There are 2,290 airmen in the Wisconsin Guard.

Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, the state's adjutant general, calls the news "sobering." Dunbar notes that the personnel cuts were larger than anticipated and must be implemented by Oct. 1.

Dunbar plans to handle cuts, which would include 16 full-time positions, through attrition.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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