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LAYOFFS LIKELY TO AFFECT 700 AT HILL, 135 AT DDO

The layoff ax is beginning to fall at Hill Air Force Base and Defense Depot Ogden.

Hill officials are set to give out about 700 layoff notices, which will be delivered as soon as Hill receives a "reduction in force authorization" from the Air Force. That authorization should be forthcoming any day now, said Hill spokesman Col. Frank Urben.A reduction in force of 1,132 Hill personnel was announced in January, but 443 workers elected to leave voluntarily under an incentive lump sum payment, leaving the number to be laid off at about 700.

Hill's layoffs are part of an 11,700-job Air Force reduction that was announced late last year.

At Defense Depot Ogden, base and local worker union officials are negotiating the number of layoffs, notices for which will be delivered sometime in the next two months. The layoff number is currently pegged at 135.

The Defense Logistics Agency, the military supply and ware-housing agency of which DDO is a part, calculated in January that the 1,650 workers at the Ogden depot and a satellite DLA operation at Hill would need to be reduced by 279, said Fred Greene, spokesman for DLA's Defense Distribution Region West. One hundred forty-four workers have elected for early retirement, leaving the number to be laid off at 135.

Any DLA reduction in force is a derivative of other military service downsizing, Greene said.

"What the military forces require from DLA is just gradually drawing down, so we have to reduce in order to retain a `most efficient' organization," Greene said.

Officials say the drawback is not related to DLA's proposal to close the Ogden depot in the current round of base closings but simply to workload requirements. The Sharpe and Tracy depots in San Joaquin, Calif., however, which were not slated for closure, do not have any reduction in force in their immediate future, Greene said.

DLA put those depots forward as a West Coast hub in its recommendations to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

Other depots, however, are losing jobs - 200 in Oakland and Oklahoma City, 258 in San Antonio.