Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Furlough Grounds Mountain Home AFB Civilian Workforce

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM

The next domino to fall in the U.S. government sequester will hit Mountain Home Air Force Base next week as its entire civilian workforce will become victim to a 20 percent furlough.

MHAFB officials announced July 2 that the cutbacks were confirmed by the Pentagon, impacting nearly 400 civilian employees at the base. Most of the workforce will see four day work weeks and a 20 percent pay cut until the end of the U.S. government's fiscal year Monday, Sept. 30.

In April, the sequester began limiting air exercises of Mountain Home's 391st Fighter Squadron.

"We never wanted this to happen, and we hope Congress will be able to release more funds to end furloughs as soon as possible," said Col. Bryan Anderson, 366th Fighter Wing vice commander. "Our civilians are absolutely essential to Mountain Home Air Force Base."

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