NAWCAD Commander Addresses Pax Force Reductions
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In a post on his blog at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division web site, Rear Adm. Randy Mahr stated, “the uniformed military drawdown has been ongoing and will continue” at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
“Across NAVAIR, we have limited the government civilians we have to approximately the number we had at the end of Fiscal Year 2010; and across the federal government the annual pay scale adjustments have been greatly reduced,” Adm. Mahr wrote. “Finally, over the last several months we have responded to a number of OMB, DoD, and DoN directives, as well as mandates in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.
“Based on what we know today, NAVAIR’s aggregate workforce will have a roughly 2 percent reduction from our FY10 levels,” Adm. Mahr continued. “As part of NAVAIR, NAWCAD will use a risk-based approach to Total Force Management, including reducing contract support service expenditures.”
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