Air Force plans to reduce Pa. positions by 25 percent

    The Air Force plans to cut about 1,623 positions at bases throughout Pennsylvania to comply with long-term budget reductions.

    An Air Force document released yesterday lists an overall 25 percent reduction in the state, but with significant variations.

    The 911th Air Wing outside of Pittsburgh is scheduled to close entirely and lose 1,451 positions, while the Willow Grove base in Montgomery County would gain about 91 positions. The numbers include civilian and military personnel.

    Sen. Bob Casey, Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Tim Murphy and other members of Congress are asking the Air Force to delay or limit the cuts, most of which are scheduled for 2013.

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