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HAFB FINISHES HORNET; 470 GET LAYOFF NOTICES

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There was good and bad news at Hill Air Force Base Thursday.

The good news: The base finished repairs on the first F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter in a unique interservice contract for the U.S. Navy. The bad news: Approximately 470 civilian employees received informal notice May 19 of layoffs to take effect in early October.According to Len Barry, Hill spokesman, the announced layoff is not a firm figure and the affected employees will receive official notices of termination in the near future.

Extra jobs, like the Hornet contract, have softened the number of layoffs originally expected. The latest cuts, affecting the Ogden Air Logistics Center at the base, were announced last January at possibly 1,100. The cut was first reduced to 550 and then to 470.

Barry said the latest layoffs are part of a continued military downsizing and would bring the base's total number of civilian and military employees to about 15,500.