Nearly 700 jobs, twice the Air Force's earlier estimate, may be added to the Logistics Command at Hill Air Force Base in October, officials say.
The jobs are among 5,400 positions announced by the Pentagon last week for the five Logistics Command centers, including Hill.A local base spokesman said earlier this week that Hill's share of the jobs would only be between 300 and 350. Spokesman Len Barry said he got that figure from estimates in the base civilian personnel office.
But Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, said through a spokesman Friday that between 600 and 700 full-time jobs will be available at the base beginning with the new fiscal year Oct. 1.
"Jim talked with the general last night, and we expect it to be at least that much," said spokesman Peter Jenks. "It could go higher."
Gen. Alfred Hansen, commander of the logistics command, was at Hill Thursday and Friday to say that he expected at least 600 positions at Hill.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, the logistics command headquarters, said Friday their personnel office estimates that Hill will get 670 jobs.
Wright-Patterson spokesman Kenneth Perrotte cautioned, though, that the final number of jobs won't be determined until the end of the fiscal year, which is Sept. 30.
"These are strictly estimates based on year-end projections," he said. "The numbers may change but we won't know for sure until they are processed at the end of the year."
He said the 2,000 on-call workers within the logistics command will be favored to fill the positions.