Arkansas May Lose 223 Air Force jobs

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A “Force Structure Announcement” released Wednesday by the U.S. Air Force shows Arkansas losing 223 positions, or 2.75%, compared to fiscal year 2011 totals. The cuts are part of the previously announced budget cuts and force changes.

Overall, the Air Force proposed reductions of 3,900 active-duty, 5,100 Air National Guard and 900 Air Force Reserve positions.

The 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith would see its authorized personnel numbers fall from 972 in fiscal year 2011 to 802 in fiscal year 2013. The Little Rock Air Force Base would see its personnel numbers rise from 6,820 in fiscal year 2011 to 7,213 in fiscal year 2013. Read the full story from our partners at