Major General Robert McMahon announced Thursday afternoon that Robins Air Force Base will open up early retirement incentives for workers of the 402nd maintenance wing.
This job reduction plan is in addition to the 600 job cuts from November handed down from the Air Force. McMahon says the base must be proactive in preparing for President Obama's 2013 budget that will take shape in February.
"I think the average age on this base is 46 or 47. It does not take a math major to understand that there are probably a lot of folks that are going to qualify," said McMahon.
General McMahon says the base must be ready for reduced funding and that is why an additional retirement and separation plan will be offered for the 402nd Maintenance Wing.
So far, 238 employees have opted for an early retirement or a separation incentive. And the Base will try to reach the 600 mark by the end of April.
"The bottom line with both of these efforts that I want to underscore is that our goal is to voluntarily allow folks to leave civil service. Whether that is through a voluntarily separation or a voluntarily retirement as opposed to go through some mandated reduction en force," said McMahon.
The number of maintenance workers who qualify for this early retirement incentive is not known but the general says those numbers will be out later this month.
Base Civilians can apply now for the early retirement incentive through January 29th.
This second round of cuts allows more people to apply. General McMahon says the goal is to get 460 civilian workers to volunteer, and reach the 600 mark.