Eglin civilians receive furlough notice

Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 05:41 PM.

"What we have is government oversight of us," Heald said. "When we are doing a test on the range, we obviously don't do anything alone. There are large teams that work a test program. ...Typically we won't do the test unless the test engineer, typically a government person, either military or government civil service, is there watching.

"It may slow things down. If we can't do testing on the day the government employee isn't there, we'll have to do something else and we hope that something else is not furloughs."

Crestview City Council President Ben Iannucci III said the impact of civil service employee furloughs would be felt throughout the community.

"How many people in Crestview either are in the military or work for the military?" Iannucci asked rhetorically. "It's a lot of people in our community. Furloughs would go through the fiscal year. That's going to effect everything from shopping to people thinking of coming here on vacation. Even things like Christmas shopping would take a hit."

Accompanying the memo received by civilian Eglin employees was a memo from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

"In the event of sequestration, we will do everything we can to continue to perform our core mission of providing for the security of the United States, but there is no mistaking that the rigid nature and scale of the cuts forced upon this department will result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force," Panetta's memo stated.

"I have also been deeply concerned about the potential direct impact of sequestration on you and your families. We are doing everything possible to limit the worst effects on DoD personel —  but I regret that our flexibility within the law is extremely limited."

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