Defense

May 6, 2013

Ohio air base to slash budget, start furloughs

Federal cuts will force a 40 percent reduction in the budget of Ohio’s largest military base, and furloughs will begin next month for its 13,000 civilian employees, base officials say.

But no more job cuts are expected.

Civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton can expect to receive 14-day furlough notices beginning early next week, the Dayton Daily News reported May 3.

Col. Cassie B. Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at the base, said the unpaid time off work will begin in June.

“We’re really having to dig deep to find the reductions,” Barlow said.

Base officials are still holding out hope that the Defense Department will find ways to reduce or eliminate the unpaid days off, they said.

The Air Force Materiel Command, the largest command at Wright-Patterson, reached an agreement on how to handle furloughs with the American Federation of Government Employees Council 214, union spokeswoman Sue Murphy said.

Base officials said they canceled most travel, training, and equipment and supply purchases, reduced hours at fitness centers, cut recreation programs and turned a library into a learning center with computer access for Air Force personnel studying military education courses. As a result, the center removed more than 36,000 library items that were set aside for donation and five employees were laid off.

The changes will save about $200,000 a year.

The base has a civilian hiring freeze and eliminated as many as 344 temporary or term employees. The eliminated positions were mostly administrative or clerical workers.

Air Force personnel and civilian employees are working in buildings with lights turned off in hallways and air conditioning shut down.

“Every day that we don’t have air conditioning on, we’re not spending $7,000 on the installation,” Barlow said.

The cuts have led the base to withdraw support for the popular summer Dayton Air Show for the first time in nearly four decades. AP

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Acquisition community works to improve tradecraft

Everything the defense acquisition community is doing now is being done to improve its tradecraft, Katrina G. McFarland, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said April 16. McFarland made the comments at the National Defense Industrial Associations National Logistics Forum. Improving tradecraft is something DOD would want to do in the best of times,...
 
 
B1a

B-1B software upgrade to ensure future warfighting capabilities

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner An Edwards B-1B Lancer takes off on April 1, 2014, to begin testing its new Sustainment Block 16A software upgrades. The SB 16A software will work in conjunction with the long-range bomberí...
 
 

45th Space Wing launches NRO Satellite on board Atlas V

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 1:45 p.m. April 10 carrying a classified national security payload. The payload was designed and built by the National Reconnaissance Office. “I am proud of the persistence and focus of the...
 

 
Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

Smarter spending for Air Force acquisitions

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Carlin Leslie Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello briefs attendees April 16, 2014, on how today’s budget environment is driving change for both government and industry as part of the Air Force Associati...
 
 
DOD photograph by Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler

U.S., Poland defense leaders find new areas for cooperation

DOD photograph by Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts a press briefing with Poland’s Minister of National Defense Tomasz Siemoniak at the Pentagon, April 17, 2014. Amid deep concerns about...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Richard Eldridge

Air Force researchers test Google Glass for battlefield use

Air Force photograph by Richard Eldridge Dr. Gregory Burnett, middle, and Andres Calvo, right, analyze a graphic representation of movement trackers, as 2nd Lt. Krystin Shanklin tests Google Glass at Wright-Patterson Air Force ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>