Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Defense officials say the Pentagon will sharply cut the number of unpaid furlough days civilians will have to take in the next several months from 22 to 14, reducing the financial impact of the budget cuts on as many as 700,000 workers.

The impact will be felt at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. 13,000 civilian employees work there and will see the furlough reductions.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 24, 2013 including the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney reports on the impending unpaid furlough days for civilian employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

-Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on Governor John Kasich's stance on gay marriage.

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.

Springfield's Air National Guard Base will lose 47 jobs due to government cost cutting. The Guard Base and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base continue to deal with harsh budget cuts.

Springfield's guard base is losing 47 intelligence and reconnaissance positions within the 178th Fighter Wing as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal-year 2013 that President Obama signed on January 2.

Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base announced they are cancelling the annual Ohio Freedom's Call Tattoo scheduled for June 28.  The cancelation is due to funding limitations associated with the federal budget sequestration.

A general says automatic defense budget cuts will slow research and technology development and cancel some special night and weekend events at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio.

Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger leads the Air Force Materiel Command from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. She tells the Dayton Daily News the cuts likely will delay aircraft replacement and modernization, halt most flight testing and create a backlog in maintenance operations.

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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. 

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for February 24, 2013, including the following stories:

-Emily McCord speaks with Columbus Dispatch reporter Jessica Worman about the latest news on the looming sequester cuts.

- Jerry Kenney reports on the City of Riverside's lawsuit regarding income tax and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Employees

-Wayne Baker reports on student and faculty protests at Wilberforce University.

There is one week left to avoid sequestration, or the automatic spending cuts that will take effect March 1 if President Obama and Congress cannot reach a deal. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, area business and those in the defense industry are bracing for furloughs that could impact the 13,000  civilian employees, which could have a ripple effect on the local economy. Jessica Wehrman joins Emily McCord for this week's PoliticsOhio. She's a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch based in Washington, D.C., and her stories appear in the Dayton Dailys News.

Business owners and officials of cities surrounding Wright Patterson Air Force Base say they are increasingly uneasy about possible furloughs brought on by sequestration.

Wright-Patterson Air could furlough up to 13,000 civilian employees for 22 days beginning in April if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to avert sequestration, or automatic defense and domestic spending reductions set to begin March 1st.

The Pentagon said Wednesday that those civilian employees could be notified by mid-March.

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