Sequestration Cuts

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On Tuesday, the Department of Defense announced that furloughs for civilian workers will be decreased from 11 days to 6.  That’s some good news for about 10,000 civilian workers at Wright Patterson Air-force Base, but one Ohio Congressman says it’s still not enough.

Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th district is Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.  This week he met with civilian Defense Department employees from Wright-Patt who have been impacted by furloughs.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, issued weather warnings this week that are credited with saving lives in Oklahoma. And it, like other government organizations, is dealing with the impact of the federal budget cuts knows as sequestration. The agency reports however, they will still maintain its critical missions.

The Dayton Air Show that has to make do without military participation because of federal budget cuts has added a Tuskegee Airmen exhibit and a restored World War II fighter plane.

The Dayton Air Show says a traveling custom-trailer theater with a panoramic screen will be at the June 22-23 show at Dayton International Airport. It will tell the story of the black airmen who overcame many obstacles to become the heroic "Red Tail Squadron" of World War II. They flew in P-51 Mustang planes, and the air show says one will fly at the show.

The commander of Ohio largest military installation says federal budget cuts will force a 40-percent reduction in the budget - but no jobs are expected to be lost.

Col. Cassie B. Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, says officials will have to "dig deep" to find the cuts.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the base's 13,000 civilian employees are due to receive 14-day furlough notices beginning early next week. Barlow said the unpaid time off work will begin in June.

Pentagon Delays Furlough Notice To Analyze Impact

Mar 22, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense is delaying unpaid-leave notices for its civilian workers, including thousands employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Monday.  He was there to talk about ongoing operations at the base, and how Friday’s looming sequestration cuts might affect Wright-Patt.   

Portman said the President’s proposed $85 billion dollars in across-the-board spending cuts over the next 7 months would be detrimental to national defense and what he called ‘the federal government’s vital operations. 

The budget cuts handed down to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this week include a civilian hiring freeze, the elimination of some temporary positions and the curtailing of certain travel and purchasing costs. Emily McCord speaks to Vice President for federal programs at the Dayton Development Coalition, Michael Gessel, to discuss how these small measures now could signal larger cuts in the future.  

Air Force Cuts Could Impact Dayton Air Show

Jan 24, 2013

The Air Force announced cuts at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this week to address budget uncertainty at the federal level. AS WYSO’s Emily McCord reports reductions to non essential flying could impact the popular Dayton Air Show.

The Air Force has announced budget cuts at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. WYSO’s Emily McCord reports the measures will take effect immediately to address the Defense Department’s budget uncertainty.

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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.

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