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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Fort Bragg is losing about 430 civilian positions because of federal budget cuts.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that deputy garrison commander Doug Earle said the positions must be eliminated by the end of September.

Nearly 300 of the positions are part of the 18th Airborne Corps that oversees maintenance, public works and public safety.

The rest of the positions are part of Forces Command, which recently moved to Fort Bragg from Fort McPherson, Ga., and Army Material Command.

The Defense Department is eliminating nearly 9,000 positions.

Earle says most of the cuts from the 18th Airborne Corps are being handled through attrition. He says officials still need to cut about 130 jobs.

Forces Command eliminated 115 positions during its move to Fort Bragg.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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