Base officials will only acknowledge future ‘restructuring’
August 16, 2011 5:32 PM
KAREN JONAS
Staff Writer

BARSTOW • Another 317 workers at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow will be laid off, according to Councilman Tim Saenz.

Saenz made the announcement during the Barstow City Council meeting Monday night, after he received a call from U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon’s office.

Officials from both McKeon’s office and the base would only say Tuesday that federal defense officials plan to restructure the MCLB and that they did not know yet what types of layoffs or cuts would be made.

“We’ve been looking at different areas for restructuring and reorganization for more efficiency and effectiveness,” MCLB spokesman Rob Jackson said.

Jackson said former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates first asked the base to find out about restructuring for more efficiency in June 2010. Jackson said the base has not been directed to make any moves and did not have specific information on which part of the base would be affected and what would be done.

Saenz said he got a call Monday from McKeon’s deputy chief of staff Bob Hauter, who told him 317 positions would be cut.

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Karen Jonas may be reached at (760) 256-4122 or kjonas@DesertDispatch.com.