Local civilian military workers worry about sequestration

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

About 3,700 civilian employees work at Eglin Air Force Base and another 1,400 work at Hurlburt Field.

The final implementation plan hasn’t been released, but the Secretary of the Air Force said in a memo Monday that affected employees would be subject to furloughs, or unpaid leave, for up to 22 discontinuous workdays.

That’s if Congress doesn’t agree to avert the budget cuts, or sequestration, by Thursday, the memo said.

Eglin anticipates that if the furloughs go into effect, most civilian employees will not report to work one day a week from the end of April to the end of September, said Andy Bourland, a spokesman for Eglin.

For Blount, that could mean a loss of about $800 a month, or 23 percent of his pay, he said.

The Iraq war veteran served six years in the Air Force before leaving to join the civilian workforce.

He said he feels like he has a good-paying job, but that he’s budgeted his life for that income and a sudden cutback will quickly lead to hard times for his family.

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