JFCOM Commander General Ray Odierno Speaks Out on JFCOM Changes

NORFOLK — JFCOM Commander General Ray Odierno spoke out today regarding the end of JFCOM. Odierno says in the next 30 to 45 days, nearly half of JFCOM’s military, civilian, and contracted employees in Hampton Roads are going to learn they will be out of a job.

Odierno says, “Things are tough these days and now here I am responsible for potentially 1900 people no longer being able to be employed. Whatever the number is here, that’s quite a burden.”

Odierno says he’s working with Defense Secretary Robert Gates to keep at least 1900 of the more than 3800 jobs associated with JFCOM in Hampton Roads.

“What we want to do is help ease that burden and help them get jobs in other areas, and we’ll do that the best of our abilities,” Odierno says.

The command’s closure is part of a national defense effort to save $78 billion over five years.

Odierno says, “I can’t specifically speak about this region, but I will say there’s a lot more coming.”

He says that once the plan to dismantle JFCOM is approved in the next month or so, JFCOM will cease to exist as we know it in the next 12 to 15 months. “It won’t be a command, per say, that’s left behind,” Odierno says.

Certain functions, like joint training, will stick around under other military organizations.

Still, 5,100 additional jobs created in Hampton Roads because of JFCOM hang in the balance.

Odierno says he does expect to eliminate more contractors than Department of Defense civilians. The command flag at JFCOM will be lowered in nine months.

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