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Air Force: Charleston air base to lose 19 slots

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JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Air Force is cutting 19 positions at Joint Base Charleston as it reduces its major headquarters by about 3,400 jobs in a bid to save $1.6 billion.

The State of Columbia reported Wednesday that the exact positions weren't identified but the cuts will occur over the next five years.

Joint Base Charleston houses the 628th Air Base Wing, which is the primary C-17 transport unit along the East Coast. It also includes a number of other units and Navy personnel.

Mary Graham of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce told the paper the cuts could have been worse.

Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia is supposed to lose 742 positions while the headquarters of the Air Force in the Pentagon is cutting 734 slots.

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