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.


 
 

 
navy-china

USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) practiced the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with the People’s Liberation Army-Navy Jiangkai II frigate Hengshui (FFG 572) Feb. 23 enhancing the professional ma...
 
 

AEGIS tracks, simulates engagement of three short-range ballistic missiles

The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyers USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), and USS Barry (DDG 52) successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system. At approximately 2:30 a.m., EST, Feb. 26, three short-range ballistic missile targets were launched near simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops...
 
 

DOD seeks novel ideas to shape its technological future

The Defense Department is seeking novel ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public – anyone, really – to boost its ability to prevail against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. The program, called the Long-Range Research and Development Plan, or LRRDP, began with an...
 

 

Air Force places 18 A-10 aircraft into ‘Backup Status’

The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory status with the possibility to convert another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015. The secretary of Defense has authorized the Air Force to place up to a total...
 
 

AFRL shape-changing materials make form a function

Air Force Research Laboratory research is shaping the future of aerospace. Through research into soft materials called liquid crystal elastomers, AFRL scientists have developed a method to locally program the mechanical response in polymer sheets without the use of actuators and traditional mechanical parts. This research (sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research)...
 
 
Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph

Air Force Research Labís handheld imaging tool expands aircraft inspection capability

Sensor Concepts Inc. photograph An operator demonstrates the portability of the handheld imaging tool. The technology provides maintainers the ability to evaluate aircraft in the field to ensure mission-readiness. When pilots c...
 




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>