JOINT BASE CHARLESTON — The Commander of Joint Base Charleston is meeting with the media to discuss planned cuts in the number of civilians working at the base.

Col. Richard McComb meets with reporters at midday Friday.

The Department of Defense has directed the Air Force to return its civilian staffing to 2010 levels. And that means the service will have to eliminate about 9,000 positions.

The Air Force says that, because of changing needs for the service, some high priority areas need more personnel. At the same time it says some management and overhead functions need to be streamlined.

Part of the effort is to eliminate redundant Air Force positions.