U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base will cut 79 jobs through October as part of a plan to cut the Department of Defense budget.

Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command will cut 40 military jobs and 39 civilian jobs. The two commands follow under Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld.

The military positions will be cut as personnel leave for other positions. The civilian positions will be cut through attrition, a hiring freeze and layoffs. The command is in the process of creating a detailed plan to cut the civilian forces. Any laid-off employees will receive a 60-day notice.

The cuts equal about 5 percent of the U.S. Northern Command’s workforce and are the first ones the command has faced since it started after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The job losses include cuts to the chaplain’s office, surgeon general’s office, history office and information technology department.

Northern Command has about 1,600 civilian and military workers. The cuts will result in about $4.2 million in savings from the 2012 budget.

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