MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) — Air Force streamlining efforts mean nearly three dozen civilian jobs have been cut at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the 33 jobs at Scott’s Air Force Network Integration Center were eliminated when a contract with the workers’ employer ended at the end of last month.

But Col. Brenda Campbell, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Space Command at Colorado’s Peterson Air Force Base, says the lost Illinois jobs will translate to nine new in-house positions at Peterson.

Campbell says the Air Force will save money long-term through the consolidation.

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