Keesler Could See Future Reduction In Force

Keesler Air Force Base could lose several hundred support positions in the future. Keesler is part of an Air Force study to determine ways to make military bases operate more efficiently. The goal is to restructure base operations to help cut costs, and to allow more active-duty personnel to be moved to other bases for possible deployment.

Base officials say about 740 military and civilian jobs are under review in the study. The positions include civil engineering, communications, supply and airfield operations. Project Officer Col. James Venus is in charge of the study at Keesler. He says approximately 412 air force active duty people at Keesler will be moved to other bases.

More than 300 civilian positions are being looked at in the study and could be reorganized. Venus says Keesler will do everything possible to keep those people on the base. The study should be completed by February of 2003.

By: Trang Pham-Bui