Fort Hood plans to cut 160 civilian jobs by October, but another 229 could be on the line two months later.

In January 2012, the Army began a plan to reduce the civilian workforce by 30 percent. As the Army continues to reshape and restructure to meet current needs and available resources, more cuts might be necessary, Andy Bird, deputy garrison commander, told the Fort Hood Sentinel last week.

Garrison officials have begun the process to complete a reduction in the civilian workforce that might take effect in November at Fort Hood.

Of the 229 at-risk positions, almost 200 are in the Directorate of Emergency Services. They include police officers, security guards, firefighters and support personnel. However, cuts could come to the civilian workforce at-large.

“All garrison employees may be targeted,” Bird said.

Directors are conducting ongoing town halls to inform employees about the reduction process.

After several rounds of voluntary early retirement and voluntary separation incentive payment offers that began in October 2011 and continued through last month, Fort Hood employee numbers have not yet hit the target set by Installation Management Command, Bird said.

The post has 176 vacancies, but Bird said those cannot be filled until excess employees have been removed.

Term employees will be included in the reduction, and temps will be released at their not-to-exceed date. Fort Hood currently has fewer than 50 term and temporary employees, Bird said.

Once the reduction-in-force plan is complete, directorates and support offices can begin the hiring process to fill their authorized vacancies based on the fiscal year 2014 Installation Management Command authorized strength levels.

Heather Graham-Ashley, of the Fort Hood Sentinel, contributed to this report.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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