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Large group of Davis-Monthan workers take early retirement

TUCSON, Ariz. — For the first time in several years, the U.S. Air Force’s
“boneyard” in southern Arizona is cutting jobs.

The Arizona Daily Star reported 62 civil-service workers
have accepted early-retirement offers as part of a plan to downsize a division
of the U.S. Air Force that oversees aerospace maintenance.

The group is one of Tucson’s largest employers, accounting for more than 850
full-time jobs. Workers are responsible for maintaining or retiring old aircraft
at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The group added 245 positions in 2010.

Military officials said the amount of work typically fluctuates and two
maintenance contracts are about to end.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com