Blue Grass Army Depot to Cut 182 Jobs

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RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Blue Grass Army Depot has announced it is cutting 182 civilian employees who worked on armor for Humvees and other light vehicles will lose their jobs by June.

The jobs reduction comes as U.S. troops prepare to leave Afghanistan in 2014 and 18 months after troops left Iraq.

Depot commander Col. Brian Rogers told the Richmond Register about 108 people will be offered temporary jobs for two to 18 months. Those not offered the temporary positions will be leaving by June 21.

The reduction will leave the main depot with 560 employees, excluding those working for the chemical activity and the chemical agent destruction plant now under construction at the post.

A workforce of 560 is about what the depot employed prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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