Hill AFB, Utah Guard announce cuts

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 11:42 AM

Michael McFall

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Hill Air Force Base and the Utah Air National Guard announced their personnel cuts under the new defense budget Tuesday.

Hill will cut 59 active-duty, Reserve and Guard military authorizations through fiscal year 2013, in accordance with the president’s budget.

The reductions will come from different organizations across the base, not from any one unit, according to a Hill news release.

These changes are in addition to the reduction of the 159 civilian authorizations that were announced for the base last year.

The Utah Air National Guard will lose 10 military positions, primarily to the flying wing, under the new structure changes, states a news release from the guard.

"The Utah Air National Guard has been subject to past cuts and manpower losses, but our organization has been resilient, and we have been able to evolve throughout the years," Brig. Gen. David Fountain, Assistant Adjutant General for the Utah National Guard, said in a statement.

"Our previous leadership was able to take us through recent changes, like the loss of the 299th Range Control Squadron, and we are fortunate enough to retrain and retain our members, allowing them to continue to support our state and federal missions."

About one month ago, the Air Force released a 12-page document that included detailed plans to cut the service by nearly 10,000 active National Guard and Reserve airmen in 2013.

The president’s budget cuts that many in an effort to reduce military spending, as the armed forces recover from a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Other cuts announced around the country Tuesday hit some bases more severely than in Utah.

Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma will cut about 600 positions through the closing of a communications unit, and the U.S. Air Force cut 459 positions from an Air National Guard unit in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hill officials were not available for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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