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.


 
 

 

Headlines January 30, 2015

News: Taliban claims responsibility for attack on Americans at military base near airport - The Taliban claimed responsibility Jan. 30 for a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport yesterday that killed three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national, saying the attacker had infiltrated the ranks of the security forces. Commission...
 
 

News Briefs January 30, 2015

Military judge weighs restrictions on Gitmo female guards A military judge is deciding whether to continue restricting the use of female guards at Guantanamo. Navy Capt. J. Kirk Waits heard closing arguments Jan. 29 at the base in Cuba during a pretrial hearing for Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Waits didn’t say when he will rule. Hadi...
 
 
Air Force photograph by 1st Lt. Jake Bailey

Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

Air Force photograph by 1st Lt. Jake Bailey TSgt. Sam Bishop, center left, and SSgt. Jeffrey Stephens discuss propeller maintenance with Bangladesh air force maintainers, from the 101st Special Flying Unit, during exercise Cope...
 

 

Air Force names 2-star to lead F-35 Integration Office

With the initial operating capability date of the F-35 Lightning II quickly approaching, the Air Force appointed Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian as the director of a larger Air Force F-35 Integration Office, Feb. 1. In addition to gaining new leadership, the F-35 Integration Office will also grow from a staff of four to 12 and...
 
 
boeing-ana2

Boeing announces ANA’s commitment to more jetliners

Airline continues fleet modernization with Boeing airplanes Boeing and All Nippon Airways announced Jan. 30 the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliners to add additional flexibility to the airline’s 787 fleet....
 
 
Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash

Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 28, 2015, in Washington, D.C., as Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joesph F. Dunf...
 




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>