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AF to cut 400 airmen from Lajes Field in Azores

Dec. 13, 2012 - 12:22PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 - 12:22PM  |  
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Lajes Field in the Azores is being downsized as part of fiscal austerity being foisted on the military services, and that means more than 400 military personnel and 500 family members will leave by the end of fiscal 2014, according to an Air Force news release.

Accordingly, the Defense Department Dependents School at Lajes Field will be closed and other services will be reduced for airmen on one-year unaccompanied tours, according to the Thursday release.

"We expect all families to depart by summer 2014 or shortly thereafter," Col. Chris Bargery, 65th Air Base Wing commander, said in the release.

The air base wing has yet to indentify which military and civilian positions will be eliminated as part of the drawdown, Bargery said in the news story. The goal is to figure out the cuts to personnel, costs and facilities by October 2014.

"Our intent is to scrutinize every single position and fully understand how it helps us meet our mission," he said.

The base is a Portuguese military installation also known as Air Base #4. The 65th Air Base Wing, which will become an air base group, is hosted at the base by Portugal's Headquarters Azores Air Zone and Air Base #4 staff.

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