Fri March 29, 2013
Furloughs Will Shut Ohio Air Force Wing on Fridays
Officials say a U.S. Air Force reserve wing that flies troops around the globe will start shutting down on Fridays when civilian furloughs begin at Ohio's largest military base.
That's the word at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where around 13,000 civilian employees will be subject to furloughs because of defense budget cuts.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing relies on hundreds of civilian air reserve technicians, who serve double duty as reserve military personnel, to keep nine C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets flying.
Wright-Patterson union leaders welcomed the Department of Defense's announcement Thursday that civilian furloughs would be up to 14 work days beginning in June, eight fewer days than originally anticipated.