Pentagon Plans to Ground 10,000 Air Force Personnel

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The Pentagon announced late Friday that up to 10,000 Air Force jobs are scheduled to be grounded next year.

U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said the eliminations would include 3,900 on active duty, 5,100 Air National Guardsmen and 900 from the Air Force Reserve.

Donley said the Air Force also expected to save $8.7 billion over five years by retiring 123 fighters, 133 transport planes and 30 aircraft used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The National Guard Association expressed alarm that half the personnel cuts were scheduled to come from the Air National Guard. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the guard association, told the Associated Press that the plan "reduces the Air Force's ability to quickly respond to unforeseen contingencies in the future."

Full details of the cuts will be contained in the White House's fiscal 2013 budget proposals, which will be unveiled Monday, Feb. 13.

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