TUCSON, Ariz. -- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base announced Thursday that it will cut about 60 civilian jobs next year.
The downsizing is part of the defense department's efforts to streamline its operations by reducing overall manpower costs.
The job cuts include some currently unfilled positions on base.
Civilians whose jobs are being eliminated will first be offered early retirement packages in order to avoid involuntary layoffs.
A second round of job cuts is also being considered if these cuts don't meet the new budget's goals.