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Roger That: Air Force to eliminate 1,000 civilian jobs at 48 installations

Some Air Force civilians could lose their jobs in the next several months as the service begins to use involuntary measures to eliminate about 1,000 unfunded positions, according to Military.com.

It’s unclear if any of those civilian job cuts will occur at Scott Air Force, in Mascoutah.

Some installations will be given civilian reduction-in-force authority through April 4 in order to meet Defense Department funding targets and adjust their civilian workforce, the Air Force said.

More than 1,000 unfunded civilian positions were identified at 48 Air Force installations during a major command needs assessment in early August, officials said in a statement. The Air Force did not say whether all of those positions are currently filled.

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The Air Force saw an increase in major accidents involving on-duty airmen in fiscal 2015, after the safest year on record in 2014, according to Air Force Times.

According to a news release from the service, there were 19 Class A accidents in fiscal 2015, compared with seven in 2014. But on-duty fatalities decreased, dropping from 11 in 2014 to 10 in 2015.

Class A mishaps are generally defined as major accidents that involve loss of life or crippling damage to people, equipment and property.

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With extremists finding fertile ground for recruitment online, the White House is dispatching top national security officials to Silicon Valley to seek the tech industry's help in disrupting the Islamic State group and other terrorists, the Associated Press is reporting.

At a high-level session Friday, industry leaders and government officials will discuss ways to use technology to stop terrorists from radicalizing people online and spurring them to violence, according to a meeting agenda obtained by The Associated Press.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are slated to attend the session, along with President Barack Obama's chief of staff and his top counter-terrorism adviser.

Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and LinkedIn are sending representatives. While it appeared the government wants the companies to send their top executives, there were indications some were still deciding late Thursday who to send, and it couldn't be learned Thursday if any CEOs will be attending.

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Military personnel who love to binge-watch TV or order lots of stuff off the Internet just got a big gift from America’s biggest online retailer, according to the Under The Radar blog.

Amazon has just announced it has unlocked Prime Video streaming for military service members and their families at 24 international military bases, including those in Afghanistan, Turkey, Japan and Kuwait. In addition to Amazon’s own Fire devices, they make apps for pretty much every kind of mobile device (iPhone, Androids) and the Roku set top box (no Apple TV yet). You can also download most titles for offline viewing.

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Mike Fitzgerald: 618-239-2533, @MikeFitz3000

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