Deputy Garrison Commander Andy Bird (Photo by Rachel Cox)
FORT HOOD (November 21, 2013) Fort Hood’s deputy garrison commander held a town hall Thursday on post outlining cuts next year in the garrison’s civilian workforce.
"We need to reduce the force by 198,” Deputy Garrison Commander Andy Bird said.
“We’re going to do a reduction in force, we’re going to submit that about the middle of April, it will go to the Department of the Army and the Department of the Army will send that to Congress because it's over 50 people,” he said.
“We’ll do a reduction in force if it gets approved (and) we'll be able to reduce our books by 198," he said.
The Fort Hood Garrison employees about 3,800 civilians in service and support jobs including housing.
Altogether more than 6,000 civilian employees work at Fort Hood.
Bird said garrison officials are working now to help employees affected by the cuts find new jobs.
"We got rid of some term employees or temp employees last year and they actually left happy because we worked with Texas Workforce Solutions and we're getting them all re-employed here in Central Texas so it's not that they're going to be unemployed--they just may not be able to work on Fort Hood," Bird said.