Military
7:35 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Sequestration Effects on Wright-Patt Still Unknown

Lieutenant General Janet C. Wolfenbarger was confirmed by the Senate Dec. 4, 2009 to three-star rank as Air Force Materiel Command vice commander. She is the Air Force's highest ranking female officer.
Credit U.S. Air Force

The leader of the Air Force Materiel Command says there may be fewer Air Force programs in the future due to the federal budget. AFMC commander and Beavercreek native Janet Wolfenbarger tells the Dayton Daily News the impacts of sequestration on the base will not be known until Congress is able to come to a resolution. She says she think the Department of Defense should do its part to help during the fiscal crisis, but that its unlikely the military will launch the same number of new programs as it did before the country’s budgetary problems.

President Obama exempted military personnel from the sequestration cut, but civilian employees may face furloughs and unpaid time off.

Congress reached a deal last week to avoid the so called fiscal cliff and delayed sequestration for two months. If it is put into place, it will mean an additional 500 billion dollar cut for defense.