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Air Force is considering moving 51 jobs from Scott to Virginia

There’s no word on when the decision might be made.
There’s no word on when the decision might be made.

A unit at Scott Air Force Base could soon lose 51 jobs as part of an Air Force effort to save money and boost efficiency.

The Air Force Materiel Command, based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is considering whether to move the 51 positions from the 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing at Scott to the 735th Supply Chain Operations Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., according to a statement issued Monday from the the Air Force Sustainment Command, based at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

No timetable has been set for when the Air Force will decide on whether to move the positions from Scott to the base in Virginia.

“The unit is currently not working against a firm timeline, although when this process started they did have one,” said Marlin Zimmerman, a spokesman for the Air Force Materiel Command.

The final decision could take between three and nine months, according to Zimmerman.

However, the 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing would remain at Scott, and could receive other jobs in the future for a net gain, according to the statement.

All the jobs affected are either civilian or active-duty military. Exactly how many jobs will be affected, and the extent of military versus civilian won’t be known until the Air Force makes its decision, according to Zimmerman.

The decision-making process is being driven by a 2012 manpower review of the 635th wing’s activities, conducted by the materiel command, “To ensure it could perform its mission effectively and efficiently with the least possible cost to the taxpayer. The results of this study drove a projected reduction in manpower resources,” according to the statement.

The decision regarding the 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing is not expected to impact whether a site in St. Clair County adjacent to Scott will be chosen as the new home for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s $1.6 billion headquarters building.

There are four candidate sites for the NGA facility and the 3,000 people employed there: one in North St. Louis, two in St. Louis County and one in St. Clair County.

The new site will replace the one currently housed in a set of old warehouses near the Anheuser-Busch brewery south of downtown St. Louis.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the site selection process, plans to announce the results of its environmental impact review in October, with the final decision expected in March.

Contact reporter Mike Fitzgerald at or 618-239-2533.