SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)  The Illinois Air National Guard says it could lose several dozen positions if the 2013 federal budget is approved.

The guard says it would lose 34 traditional guardsmen positions, seven Air Guard Reserve positions and one full-time military technician.

The changes come from guidelines issued by the Department of Defense and the fiscal 2013 federal budget. The cuts are pending President Barack Obama’s approval of the budget.

Guard officials say the changes would affect all three wings of the Illinois Air National Guard.

The losses would be spread across the 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base, the 183rd Fighter Wing in Springfield and the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria.

Illinois guard officials say they have contacted the airmen who would be affected by the changes.

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