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Cape security jobs to become civil service positions

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- After a thorough review of the security options available at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the 45th Space Wing has determined that the security forces positions there will be converted into civil service positions October 1.

"We believe that this conversion best allows us to maximize resources to protect our national security assets at CCAFS," said Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Edward L. Bolton Jr.

Currently, the security of CCAFS is provided by a government contractor, which has protected the Cape since October 1.

"This shift is consistent with President Obama's desires to re-evaluate inherently governmental positions; protecting our nation's premier gateway to space certainly qualifies," said Gen. Bolton.

"While there were many options examined, the conversion to an all Department of Defense civilian security force was seen as the most optimum," according to Executive Director Gregg Kraver. "The conversion will improve efficiencies and provide more effective security control of critical national space launch resources valued at $20 billion," said Mr. Kraver.

The security at the Cape is currently contracted through Securiguard, Inc. (SGI).
"We appreciate all the hard work that the SGI employees put forth in their service to the 45th Space Wing and all the incumbents are welcome to apply for the civil service security positions being created at the Cape," said Mr. Kraver.

The positions are in the process of being staffed for advertisement on USAJOBS, the federal government's job website, according to Mr. Kraver.

"These positions are a high priority to the wing and the Air Force and we are doing what we can to get them up there as soon as possible."

Anyone interested in applying for the positions should log on to USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) for more information. Approximately 240 security forces positions are planned for CCAFS. Initially there will be approximately 185 Police Officer openings and approximately 10 Supervisory Police Officer slots available.

All applicants will be required to meet Air Force position requirements for physical fitness under the new security structure.