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SHILOH, IL (KTVI) – Dozens of employees in a cyber-technology department braced for pink slips at Scott Air Force Base.

The announcement did not come from Scott.  It looks like it came from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

According to the Belleville News Democrat about 33 employees at Scott are being let go.  This started when a civilian employee contract with Peterson expired on April 30, 2013.  Peterson officials said they are trying to cut costs.

The employees in Illinois reportedly work for the Air Force Network Integration Center based At Scott.  According to the Air Force, the center helps all the pieces of the service’s cyber network work well together, even during upgrades and installations.  This impacts communication all over the air force, including for simulations and even combat.

The AFNIC at Scott reports to the Air Force Space Command, based at Peterson.  Peterson officials plan to have employees there take over the work Scott employees will leave behind.

This has been a tough year for civilian workers at Scott.  Furloughs are expected to start for about 1,300 employees in mid-June.

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