Virginia continues to see painful military spending cuts in the aftermath of the years- long U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Among the latest news is that the Army may cut 3,600 jobs at Fort Lee, ironically the site of a recent and large expansion, by 2020. That could result in a decline of 9,000 residents near Petersburg, which is close to the base.
Plus, the Air Force plans on cutting 742 positions at its Air Combat Command headquarters at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, although some of the positions are already vacant and won’t be filled.
These are just some of the changes that are affecting Virginia, which is the No. 2 defense industry state, after California. Many of the cuts involve active-duty personnel whose vacancies are not being filled or who are being asked to take early retirement.
Defense industry jobs are likewise taking cuts. A report by the National Association of Manufacturers states that in 2014, California will lose the most military-related jobs (148,400) followed by Virginia (114,900) and then Texas (109,000). Maryland will lose 40,200 jobs, the report says.